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Should off the field activities keep a player out of the Hall of Fame The Hall of Fame usually brings to mind athletes who have accomplished feats of skill far beyond those of the average player Its assumed that all an athlete has to do is achieve superior results and theyre automatically in What most people dont know however is that each player must pass a scrutiny of tests to prove that they are made of the right stuff What I will try to find out through researching this topic is whether off the field activities should influence a player entering the Hall even if its obvious that their on field performance makes them more than deserving Since my topic is so broad I have decided to concentrate my discussion just on Major League Baseball To ensure that all players have an equally fair chance to be eligible for entrance to the Hall of Fame Major League Baseball MLB has put forth a set of guidelines 1 A player must have been active at some time during a period beginning 20 years before and ending 5 years prior to election 2 A player shall have ceased to be an active player at least five years prior to election but may still be connected with baseball 3 Any player on Baseballs ineligible list shall not be eligible If a player hopes to become a candidate he must fit these requirements The people who decide the fate of eligible players are members of Baseballs Writers Association of America BWAA These sports writers must be active members for at least 10 years in order to vote in this process To ensure they all vote on the same basis MLB has given them a list of criteria in which to analyze the players 1 Players record 2 Playing ability 3 Integrity 4 Sportsmanship 5 Character 6 Contributions to the teams on which they played Even
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