Ender wrote:By advanced metrics Biggio is one of the top 10 2B in the history of the game so I'm not sure how he isn't elite. He put up a higher career WAR than Sandberg or Alomar who are both in and had a better peak than either of them. Biggio seems like a no doubt HOF.
As for the 10 vote thing. You have 15 years to get in so I just don't see the 10 slot rule to be a big problem. I don't think you want that many people voted in on the same year just from a logistics standpoint so I'm fine with it the way it is. It also will make more and more guys hang on for multiple seasons when they don't have a real shot of getting in and to me that is a large part of what is broken. Having guys hang around for 8 years at 15% just seems worthless. It isn't really causing any problems so I fail to see how it needs to be fixed.
We hope, but if there's 12-14 people that "deserve" to be in and people can only vote for 10, it's possible that the same guy ends up 12th to 14th in everyone's rankings, and doesn't even get enough votes to stay on the ballot. Also remember that not everyone is voting for 10 players.
So while several people stick to their steroid era guns and others that want to vote for particular players run out of room on the ballot, you could have a case where guys like Bagwell, Mussina, Edgar, etc. don't even get enough votes to stay on the ballot. Are they clear-cut Hall-of-Famers -- of course not. But do they deserve to hang around on the ballot? Definitely.