The Baseball Hall of Fame has decided to rescind voting privileges for Baseball Writers’ Association of America members more than 10 years removed from active coverage.
The Hall’s board of directors announced the change on Tuesday. Previously, to be eligible to vote, a BBWAA member had to have been covering the sport for 10 consecutive years at any point in time. Writers who are not currently active will be able to apply annually to maintain their vote.
“BBWAA members previously holding Hall of Fame voting privileges who are no longer active in the game and are more than 10 years removed from active status will have the opportunity for annual reinstatement, based on their coverage of the game in the preceding year,” the Hall said in a statement.
Per the AP, around 650 voters were eligible to vote prior to the change.
The Los Angeles Times’s Bill Shalkin reports the BBWA has asked for 12 spaces on Hall of Fame ballots, up from 10.
- Jeremy Woo