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BBWAA Recommends Increasing Hall Of Fame Ballot Limit To 12 Players

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The Baseball Writers' Association of America voted today to recommend to increase the number of players they can vote for on their Hall-of-Fame ballots from 10 to 12. The non-binding, band-aid half-measure passed "overwhelmingly."

The backlog of PED users has made the arbitrary ballot limit of 10 players unworkable, and has led the likes of Buster Olney to abstain from voting until the system is fixed. Twelve is certainly better than 10—but it's still a limit, and exists for no good reason. And even today's vote isn't a guarantee of change; the power to amend the rules lies with the Hall of Fame officials, who are under no obligation to act on the BBWAA's recommendation.

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold, who is eligible to vote for the first time this year, has a simple and workable solution that would solve many of the process's problems. This really shouldn't be as difficult as the Hall is making it out to be.

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