This is a post to kickoff discussions on forming a Hall of Fame committee to supplement what WIS is implementing at some point in the future. Bribar sent a ticket to WIS to find out the status. Here's the response Bribar got to his ticket:
"We will use the same rules as in real life. When we have the structure in place we will be looking at every player in all of the worlds that ever played so everything will be covered."
First, a key rule from "real life" is that a player must have played in each of ten Major League seasons. So I'll first suggest that any player who plays ten years in HBD is excluded from consideration by our committee. This is debatable; a guy who plays from age 31 through 40 in HBD might not have the stats to get in, but as long as another real life rule being carried over to HBD is the voting process, the owners as a whole will be able to have a say.
Second, I'll suggest that a player must play at least five seasons to be eligible. I can't see putting a guy in to our HoF who only played his last few seasons before retiring. It's just impossible to project such a short time playing over a whole career. I could see making the minimum four instead of five, but not any lower.
Third, a player must be retired but need not be retired for five years before we vote. As far as I know, that five-year period is to ensure a guy is really retired and not coming back. We don't have that risk in HBD--retired means retired.
Fourth, I'll suggest that the committee's role be limited to identifying the eligible players, projecting career stats, and making an argument for and against each eligible player's enshrinement. Then we take the eligible players to a vote, with a percentage of all votes required to enshrine. If it is 75%, it isn't necessarily 24 votes for. If only 20 people bother to vote, than 15 votes gets a guy in.
Last, I'll also suggest we consider a future addition of coaches and owners to the Hall of Fame. At least for owners, we should have some baseline requirements. Something like a minimum of 10 (15? 20?) years of ownership, and maybe something related to wins, playoff appearances, or titles, but I'm not sure about that. I don't know that I'd want something that excludes somebody like jenningss, who has been a loyal and hardworking owner who just hasn't found the right formula or caught the right breaks yet.