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January 10, 2014

Hall of Fame: Up to BBWAA to propose vote changes

New York — The chairman of the Hall of Fame said the organization remains pleased to have baseball writers vote on electees despite criticism about the process.

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America has voted since 1936, and Hall chair Jane Forbes Clark said it is up to the BBWAA to propose any changes.

A BBWAA committee has been formed to study whether the limit of 10 players per ballot should be altered, and the committee is expected to report to membership in July.

Speaking Thursday after a news conference to introduce 2014 electees Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas, Clark says “we’re in an age where everyone does want to be heard, but we really see this as an issue that needs to be dealt with by the BBWAA.”

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