Hall of Fame ballot getting tougher

Powers in Cooperstown need to fix the process instead of making votes so hard to cast

Updated: January 4, 2011, 4:39 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

There's a Cooperstown crisis coming. Nobody seems to want to acknowledge it. Nobody seems to want to deal with it. But it's coming, all right, whether the Hall of Fame is ready or not.

For me, though, that crisis already has arrived. It arrived the moment my 2011 Hall of Fame ballot showed up in the mailbox.

I've been a Hall of Fame voter for two decades. Early on, I settled on a voting philosophy I never thought I'd be forced to abandon -- until now.

That philosophy was simple. ...

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