Jeremy Guthrie Has a Plan to Fix the Hall of Fame


Jeremy Guthrie has managed to carve out a decent career as a back of the rotation inning eater. He has been just about league average during his career, and has been solid in his time in Kansas City, posting a 33-26 record with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.310 WHiP. However, league average innings eaters generally do not find themselves in Cooperstown, unless they purchase a ticket and wander the sacred halls as a fan.

However, that does not mean that Guthrie cannot make a contribution to the Hall in another way. In fact, he has thought up a way where the backlog on the Hall of Fame ballot could be cleared up, allowing worthy candidates to receive votes instead of being in danger of falling off the ballot due to the now ten year limitation or falling below the five percent threshold.

Under Jeremy Guthrie’s plan, if a writer votes for a player, his vote remains for future years unless expressly rescinded or the player falls off the ballot. This way, that writer does not need to worry about voting for the same candidate each year, and can have his ten votes to spread out among the other candidates on the ballot. Likewise, this keeps a player from potentially losing a vote if the ballot is filled with a plethora of worthy candidates, as it has been over the past few seasons.

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While the Hall inducted four worthy candidates yesterday with Craig Biggio, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Randy Johnson earning induction, there were still several Hall of Fame caliber candidates that missed out. I’ll keep from another rant on the BBWAA and their voting practices, but it is obvious that changes need to be made in the voting process.

What Jeremy Guthrie has done is provide a way to make those changes and keep worthy players from being dropped from the ballot. It is a logical, well thought out fix that includes solutions should a writer want to change his vote. Of course, that means that it has no chance of actually happening.

Jeremy Guthrie has a solution for the biggest problem with the Hall of Fame voting process. Hopefully, his advice is heeded.