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About Daniel Greenia

Daniel Greenia works for the Pope as a church auditor. A life-long Detroiter, he has rooted for the Tigers since the days of Mayo Smith. Dan has been playing with baseball stats since before SABR was founded. In the mid-80’s he had a regular featurette, called “Dan Greenia’s Freakshow”, in Bill James’ bimonthly sabermetric journal, The Baseball Analyst. He also authored two articles that appeared in Baseball Digest in the late 80’s. In this decade, Dan has written several articles online at baseballthinkfactory.org. Also at that site, he is one of the Founding Fathers of the Hall of Merit. Dan’s hope is that the Hall of Fame will become more conscious of two groups of players, and find a way to elect some of them: 1) living greats getting on in years such as Ron Santo, Minnie Minoso, Dick Allen, et al, and 2) 19th century superstars such as Deacon White, Paul Hines, Bill Dahlen and others.


Posts by Daniel Greenia:

Fixing the Hall of Fame – Part 5

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 by Daniel Greenia

This series examines the Hall’s procedures and proposes practical improvements to the system. This part proposes a new ballot format for the BBWAA. Also, the candidates for the Hall are prioritized. I’m writing for those people who already discern flaws in the Hall’s procedures; who do not want to settle for an adequate system but would like to help move towards making an excellent system; and who are interested in brainstorming ideas to achieve this end.

Fixing the Hall of Fame – Part 4: Building Consensus

Thursday, May 13th, 2010 by Daniel Greenia

This series examines the Hall’s procedures and proposes practical improvements to the system. This part proposes specific ways to improve the voting process and the quality of the electorate. This is a revised and updated version of an article that appeared here last year.

Fixing the Hall of Fame – Part 3: Plausible Fixes

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 by Daniel Greenia

This series examines the Hall’s procedures and proposes practical improvements to the system. In this part we propose replacements for the 5% rule, the ballot screening comittee and other changes. This series presents modified versions of articles posted at Dugout Central in Oct-Nov 2009. If you were here then you’re excused from reading it again.

Fixing the Hall of Fame – Part 2

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 by Daniel Greenia

This series examines the Hall’s procedures and proposes practical improvements to the system. The 5% rule for eliminating candidates from the BBWAA ballot was an ill-conceived failure from day one and continues to hamper efforts to get deserving players elected to the HOF. This series presents modified versions of articles posted at Dugout Central in Oct-Nov 2009. If you were here then you’re excused from reading it again.

Fixing the Hall of Fame – Part 1

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 by Daniel Greenia

What is a Hall of Famer? A “Hall of Famer” is one of the top 232 players retiring in 2004 or before (not including banned players such as Pete Rose and Joe Jackson). So, why does the Hall of Fame continually fail to elect Bert Blyleven, Ron Santo and many others who clearly rank within that circle? This series examines the Hall’s procedures and proposes practical improvements to the system.

This series presents modified versions of articles posted at Dugout Central in Oct-Nov 2009.


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