Today, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced that it is delaying the Era Committee Elections scheduled for the 2020 Meetings until next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, Doc Adams will have to wait another year for an opportunity to appear on a ballot.
This again delays Doc Adams next chance at being honored with election into the Hall. Doc waited 153 years before appearing for the first time on a ballot in 2015 (Pre-integration Era Committee). After falling 2 votes short of election, he would have been eligible again in 2018.
However, the Hall revised it’s Era Committee structure in 2016 resulting in Doc’s next chance to appear on a ballot being 2020 for the Early Baseball Era Committee.
Now, within a couple of months of that date, the Hall has announced that it is postponing this year’s Era Committee elections until the 2021 Winter Meetings. So Doc will have to wait at least 1 more year.
Sadly, this has also eliminated the possibility of Doc, the creator of the shortstop position, being enshrined alongside the latest shortstop to be elected, Derek Jeter.
The Hall’s announcement can be read here: Delayed again!