HoME rules

OUR RULES

Player Elections | Manager Elections

Player Elections

Size of the Hall of Miller and Eric (HoME)

  1. The number of eventual honorees in the Hall of Miller and Eric through whichever election catches us up to the Baseball Hall of Fame will exactly match the number of the player honorees in Cooperstown.
  2. Beginning with its 2016 player election, the Hall of Miller and Eric must elect exactly the number of player honorees required to match its total player membership to that of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Schedule of Elections to the Hall of Miller and Eric and the Number of Honorees per Election

  1. The election schedule has been agreed upon before the first election. The schedule commences in 1901. Elections through 1975 will be held every five “years.” Beginning in 1976, the Hall of Miller and Eric will conduct annual elections. This switch reflects players who were active during our lifetimes. (It is our project after all!)
  2. Elections are called at the discretion of the participants.
  3. Each election will have a cap on the number of players elected (see election schedule). The caps are distributed to reflect the rising number of teams and roster sizes across time.
  4. If we agree on a number of candidates that does not meet the cap, the unelected cap slots are deferred to the next scheduled election. (Example: In 1931 the cap is 7 players. If we agree on only 7, the cap in the next election is increased by one—in this case the 1936 election would be capped at 9 rather than 8.)

Player Eligibility

  1. Anyone who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) is eligible. MLB is defined as including the National Association (NA), National League (NL), American Association (AA), Union Association (UA), Players League (PL), American League (AL), and Federal League (FL).
  2. There is no minimum career-length required.
  3. Players become eligible for the HoME after they have been retired for five years. For simple computing, figure year of retirement plus 6.
  4. Token seasons do not count toward eligibility. These are seasons in which a player appears in a mere handful of games discontinuously from the remainder of his career, especially when it’s clearly a gimmick (e.g.: Hughie Jennings, Minnie Minoso, or Dizzy Dean). This guideline ensures that players are compared against their actual temporal peers.
  5. A player’s eligibility only expires upon election.

Criteria for Evaluation

  1. A player’s on-field performance in MLB is the only criterion for election. The lone exception to this rule is careers that began before the NA. Performance and reputation from play in professional and club-league teams of those eras, which are poorly documented, can be taken into account.
  2. Personality, character, and sportsmanship shall not be considered except when explicitly and demonstrably tied to winning or losing baseball games. Participation in gambling conspiracies during a player’s career can be considered because it relates to winning and losing.
  3. Drug use of any sort is not a bar on membership in the Hall of Miller and Eric.
  4. Voters are encouraged to seek appropriate balance among eras and positions, where it is reasonable to do so.

Method of Election

  1. In voting, electors produce a ranked ballot of all eligible and unelected players whom they deem worthy of induction. The top choice is ranked number 1, second choice number 2, etc…. No two players may occupy the same ranking on a ballot. A blank ballot is permissible.
  2. A player must appear on all ballots to win election.
  3. The players with the lowest sum of the ranks on all ballots win election, up to the cap enumerated above. (Example: Player A is ranked 1 and 3 on the ballots. He receives 4 ballot points. Obviously, 2 is the best-possible score.)
  4. In the event of a draw for the final honoree slot under the cap, the tie will be broken by negotiation among the electors.
  5. A voter may recall his own ballot at any time prior to the final tabulation. A voter may ask for clarification of another’s ballot if they believe there may be a glaring error (such as obvious omission—leaving off Ted Williams—a vote for an elected candidate, or a seemingly incomplete ballot).

Amendments and Future Projects

  1. At any time participants may amend these rules by mutual consent, including for the purpose of honoring other members of the baseball community (including but not limited to: executives/owners, pioneers, Negro Leaguers).

Manager Elections

Size of the Hall of Miller and Eric (HoME)

  1. The number of eventual manager honorees in the Hall of Miller and Eric through whichever election catches us up to the Baseball Hall of Fame will exactly match the number of the manager honorees in Cooperstown.
  2. Beginning with its 2017 managers election, the Hall of Miller and Eric must elect exactly the number of manager honorees required to match its total manager membership to that of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Schedule of Manager Elections to the Hall of Miller and Eric

  1. The election schedule has been agreed upon before the first election. The elections are split into two phases. Phase one will elect the most obviously deserving managers of each decade. The schedule for this phase commences in 1900. Elections through 2010 will be held every ten “years.” In phase two, the best remaining candidates will be elected one per election at a time until we match the number of managers elected by the Hall of Fame.
  2. Elections are called at the discretion of the participants.

Manager Eligibility

  1. Anyone who managed in Major League Baseball (MLB) is eligible. MLB is defined as including the National Association (NA), National League (NL), American Association (AA), Union Association (UA), Players League (PL), American League (AL), and Federal League (FL).
  2. There is no minimum career-length required.
  3. Managers become eligible for the HoME when either:
    • they have been retired for five years (for simple computing, figure year of retirement plus 6)
    • they reach 65 years of age and have been retired for six months or more.
  4. A manager’s eligibility only expires upon election.
  5. A person may be elected as both a manager and a player—which means that they may receive two plaques.

Criteria for Evaluation

  1. A manager’s performance in MLB is the only criterion for election. The lone exception to this rule is careers that began before the NA (for example the 1869–1870 Red Stockings). Performance and reputation from professional and club-league teams of those eras, which are poorly documented, can be taken into account.
  2. Personality, character, and sportsmanship shall not be considered except when explicitly and demonstrably tied to winning or losing baseball games. Participation in gambling conspiracies during a manager’s career can be considered because it relates to winning and losing.
  3. Drug use of any sort is not a bar on membership in the Hall of Miller and Eric.

Method of Election

Elections will be divided into two phases.

  • Phase One: The top candidates of each decade will be voted in by acclamation.
  • Phase Two: All remaining candidates will be elected during this phase by the following method:
  1. In voting, electors produce a ranked ballot of three eligible and unelected managers whom they deem worthy of induction. The top choice is ranked number 1, second choice number 2, etc…. No two managers may occupy the same ranking on a ballot. A blank ballot is not permissible.
  2. A manager must appear on all ballots to win election.
  3. The manager with the lowest sum of the ranks on all ballots wins election. (Example: Player A is ranked 1 and 3 on the ballots. He receives 4 ballot points. Obviously, 2 is the best-possible score.)
  4. A voter may recall his own ballot at any time prior to the final tabulation. A voter may ask for clarification of another’s ballot if they believe there may be a glaring error (such as obvious omission—leaving off Joe McCarthy—a vote for an elected candidate, or a seemingly incomplete ballot).

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