2003 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

On December 1, 2002, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) began voting for future inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The ballot below is an actual example of the one used by writers during the election and it had to be returned by December 31, 2002. Election results will be announced on January 7, 2003. The ballot contains the names of thirty-three eligible candidates including players who received at least 5% of the ballots cast in 2002, and first year players that are selected by a screening committee and designated by a '+' next to their name on the sample ballot.

"One notable addition to the ballot is (Darryl) Kile, who died during the season at age 33. Normally a player has to be retired for five seasons before appearing on the ballot, but that rule was waived for the three-time All-Star right-hander, who never missed a start in 12 seasons in Houston, Colorado and St. Louis." - Jim Molony (December 1, 2002)


After the votes are counted, anyone who receives 75% of the ballots cast will be enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame!

Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America must have at least ten years experience writing about baseball and may vote for a maximum of ten candidates, but do not need to select that amount!

Who would you have chosen? Are there "locks" on this list? Are there players who do not belong on the ballot at all? Share your opinion on our message boards !

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