(December 7, 2010) I have written previously on the new election process the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is using to review and potentially elect non-players and veteran players (those not elected through the Baseball Writers of America Association process). As I predicted in two earlier columns, Marvin Miller, former head of the Major League Baseball Players Association, aka the Union, failed to receive the 12 votes needed to garner election. Here’s today’s New York Times story on the election announcement. As one might expect, MLBPA also commented on the results of the election.
Interestingly, the vote as reported seems to mirror the points I made in my blog of October 26, 2010 entitled “Controversy in Hall of Fame Elections,” quoted here:
Just this past July the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced newprocedures for the consideration of managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players. The new procedure for the election of executives will continue to include major league executives on the 16-person selection committee. Will they constitute more than 25% of the committee and continue to, as some observers believe, block Miller’s election? The first answer to that question may be revealed when the Hall of Fame releases the Expansion Era Ballot this month. Will Miller’s name appear on this ballot? If so then the follow-on questions include: What will be the exact composition of the committee? One would think the Hall of Fame players on the committee would all vote for Miller, but will all the historians and veteran media members? And if they all were to vote for Miller, are there 12 of them so he reaches the Hall of Fame 75% criteria, assuming the major league executives will continue to not vote for Miller?
And in a follow-up to that column dated November 9, 2010, after the Hall of Fame has announced the individuals to be considered by the committee, I wrote:
Note, as my previous column stated, that the committee has four (4) MLS executives who will, perhaps, not vote for Miller. If that were true, then he would require votes from every other member of the committee to be elected, a challenging scenario.
It appears to me that what I observed has indeed transpired – one of the 12 non-major league baseball executives chose not vote for Miller and his case is closed until 2013, the next time he can be considered for election to the Hall of Fame.
Miller’s reaction as reported in the New York Times is here.
Once again, I pose these questions for your consideration:
- Does your process place the consideration of candidates under conflict of interest threat?
- How can your Hall of Fame create a fair process that keeps personal or professional animosities from being a part of the election or selection process?
- Time will tell (has told) whether their new procedure will meet that goal for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, but are you thinking about it for your Hall of Fame as well?
On this date I urge you to pause a moment and reflect on the 69th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a “Day of Infamy” as famously intoned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Many good people died that day in service to the United States and for the principle that a just world should more closely model the glowing ideal enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, that all are created equal and are “…endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Jack Huckel, Founder & Principal of J.R. Huckel & Associates, offers election and induction consulting services to Halls of Fame. More information is available at the firm’s web site and Jack can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518/852-3033.