Voting underway for seventh Hall of Fame class
Ballot restructured into five categories featuring 69 candidates
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The National College Baseball Hall of Fame announced today that voting is now underway for the 2012 class of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock. The ballot to select this year's inductees features 69 worthy candidates.
“This year's ballot is arranged differently,” said Mike Gustafson, executive director of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. “We have five ballot categories to ensure representation from each category in the final induction class.”
The five voting categories consist of the Vintage Era (pre-1964) players and coaches, small school (non-NCAA Division I) players, small school (non-NCAA Division I) coaches, players from the 1964-2001 era and NCAA Division I coaches.
The ballot is highlighted by 16 coaches with at least 1,000 wins and 19 national players of the year.
For the fourth year, the ballot features players and coaches from the NAIA, NCAA Divisions II and III and two-year colleges. Eventual Major League stars Tino Martinez and Alex Fernandez, as well as NCAA Division III “Coach of the Century” Don Schaly and Ed Cheff -- who won more than 1700 games and 16 NAIA national titles -- are featured in these categories.
"After three years of the 'small school' category, only coaches had been selected. We felt it was a disadvantage to the players to be in the same category as coaches who had hundreds or even a thousand or more wins," Gustafson said. "I'm excited to see which player is selected from this new category of the ballot."
Schools from across the country are represented on the ballot, from the University of Florida to Cal State Fullerton. Several schools have multiple candidates, led by USC with five. The star-studded "1964-2001" portion of the ballot features 32 players, most of whom were multiple-time All-Americans and/or National Players of the Year.
The members of the 2012 College Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced in late February once all the ballots have been tallied and the results verified. Those selected will join previous inductees, including coaches Jim Brock of Arizona State, Jerry Kindall of Arizona, Bob Bennett of Fresno State, Ron Polk of Mississippi State and the late Rod Dedeaux of USC; and players Barry Larkin of Michigan, John Olerud of Washington State, Derek Tatsuno of Hawaii and Danny Goodwin of Southern University.
The voting panel is composed of approximately 210 members. It is comprised of national and regional college baseball media, active and retired coaches, media and coaches from the "small school" category, a group of about a dozen former players, a group of "college baseball historians" and about 10 members of the Society for American Baseball Research collegiate baseball committee. Past College Baseball Hall of Fame inductees also vote.
To be eligible for the College Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, players must have completed one year of competition at a two-year or four-year institution and/or earned verifiable national acclaim. A coach must be retired for a full year or may be included on the ballot at the age of 75, if active.
This year’s selections will again be joined by a player or coach to be chosen by the Black College Legends and Pioneers committee.
They will be inducted as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s "Night of Champions" event, which will take place on June 30 in Lubbock.
For more information about the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, contact. Mike Gustafson at email@example.com.
2012 College Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot
C.R. "Dudy" Noble
Small School Coach
Dave "Boo" Ferriss
Frank "Porky" Vieira
Small School Player