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Hall of Fame eligibility cut to 10 years

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 26 2014 12:22:31 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 26 2014 12:22:32 PM CDT

The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced Saturday that it is cutting the number of years that a player can remain eligible for induction from 15 years to 10 years.

That means players including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa will have less time to remain on Hall of Fame ballots.

The Hall of Fame is also installing a new balloting and registration process for Baseball Writers' Association of America voting members.

"The Board is committed to keeping the policies and voting procedures of the Hall of Fame relevant," Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the Board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, said in a statement. "We believe the BBWAA has done an excellent job of honoring the criteria advanced by the Hall of Fame -- player's record, contributions to the teams on which the player played, character, sportsmanship and integrity -- to determine individuals who belong in the Hall of Fame by the highest threshold, a 75 percent majority. The Board believes these changes are necessary to ensure the integrity of the voting process moving forward."

The changes are effective immediately and will reflected voting in 2015. It is the first time since 1991 and second since 1985 that the Hall is implementing new voting rules.

The names of BBWAA members casting ballots will be made public with the election results. However, an individual's ballot will not be revealed by the Hall of Fame. Voters must also complete a registration form and sign a code of conduct.

Three players with 11 to 15 years are still on ballots and will remain eligible: Don Mattingly (15th year in 2015), Alan Trammell (14th) and Lee Smith (13th).

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