Effectively Wild Episode 1463: The Hall of Fame’s 2020 Hindsight

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the artifacts from the 2019 season that will be preserved by the Hall of Fame, and then (32:25) Ben talks to FanGraphs’ Jay Jaffe about the 2020 Hall of Fame induction cycle, including the shrinking of the ballot backlog, first-timers Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu, whether Jeter will be elected unanimously, Larry Walker’s chances in his last year of eligibility, which other holdovers on the ballot may benefit from the weak crop of debuts, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, relievers vs. position players, the most compelling candidates on the Modern Baseball ballot, Marvin Miller, the Harold Baines effect, catcher framing and the Hall of Fame, and Paul Konerko and reputation vs. WAR.

Audio intro: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, "Keepsake"
Audio interstitial: The Only Ones, "The Immortal Story"
Audio outro: Rudi Richardson, "Fool’s Hall of Fame"

Link to list of 2019 World Series artifacts
Link to list of 2018 artifacts
Link to image of Kendrick’s Game 7 home run ball
Link to Hall of Fame ballot tracker
Link to intro to Jay’s 2020 ballot breakdowns
Link to intro to Jay’s Modern Baseball ballot breakdowns
Link to Jay on Walker
Link to Matt Trueblood on Walker’s context as a candidate
Link to Trueblood on Walker’s other home park
Link to Trueblood on Walker’s unfortunate timing
Link to Jay on Miller
Link to Ben on catcher framing and the Hall of Fame
Link to Ben on the ever-changing nature of WAR
Link to Zach Kram on recent voting trends
Link to Passan on Bonds and Clemens
Link to Ben on Baines
Link to story on the music lost in the 2008 Universal Studios fire
Link to order The Cooperstown Casebook
Link to order The MVP Machine

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