Originally Posted by Bob Borkowski
NEW YORK (AP) -
The Veterans Committee format has been changed twice since 2001, when charges of cronyism followed the election of Bill Mazeroski. The 15-member panel was broadened to include every living Hall member, but it didn't pick anyone in three elections.
"When our board of directors restructured the Veterans Committee after the 2007 election, it did so with the goal of ensuring the voters the living Hall of Famers would review their peers," Hall chairman Jane Forbes Clark said Monday. "The process was not redesigned with the goal of necessarily electing someone."
The veterans panels will next vote on players in 2010. Managers, umpires and executives will be considered in 2009.
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Gordon deserves to be in the Hall, I think. But I feel vindicated by the first paragraph listed above. Ever since he went in, I have preached loud and long that Bill Mazeroski does NOT belong in the Hall of Fame. When it happened I remember that the opinion of several people here on this board was that it was his defense that made him legitimate. Baloney.
I hadn't heard that the decision had been a point of controversy but it certainly deserved to be. Mazeroski was a good second baseman, but Hall of Fame? No Way.