The National Baseball Hall of Fame today announced that they are once again restructuring their Era committees.
Per the Hall’s announcement:
Highlighting these changes is a consolidation of eras into two timeframes – the Contemporary Baseball Era, consisting of the period from 1980 to present day, and the Classic Baseball Era, consisting of the period prior to 1980 and including Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues stars. The Contemporary Baseball Era will split into two separate ballots – one ballot to consider only players who made their greatest impact on the game since 1980, and another composite ballot consisting of managers, executives and umpires whose greatest contributions to the game have come since 1980.
Each of these three Era Committees – the Contemporary Baseball Era player ballot, the Contemporary Baseball Era non-player ballot, and the Classic Baseball Era composite ballot – will rotate on an annual basis, with each ballot consisting of eight candidates.
Eras considered for yearly election are as follows: December 2022 (for Class of 2023) – Contemporary Baseball/Players; December 2023 (for Class of 2024) – Contemporary Baseball/Managers-Umpires-Executives; December 2024 (for Class of 2025) – Classic Baseball. This cycle will repeat every three years, with Contemporary Baseball/Players eligible for consideration again in December 2025 for the Class of 2026.National Baseball Hall of Fame
The good news is that rather than 2032, Doc Adams will be eligible for the Class of 2025 (the December 2024 ballot – 2 years away). The bad news is that he will be in an even larger pool making it even more difficult to keep him from continuing to be overlooked. Hopefully, this true pioneeer of the game will be given the same consideration some much lesser contributors have been given.
So, we’ve taken a little breather, but now time to ramp it up again. #DocAdamsHOF2025!!!
The full announcement can be read here.