2015 marks the 14th time Alan Trammell has been on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s (BBWAA). Lucky for Trammell, he doesn’t fall under the new rules of induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Newer players to the ballot have just 10 chances to get into the Hall of Fame.
Having had already over 10 appearances on the ballot Trammell remains under the old rules that a player could stay on the ballot for up to 15 years provided they continued to get at least five percent of the vote. He’ll have one last chance next season, assuming he doesn’t get inducted this year, to win over the BBWAA voters.
It’s a shame too, that Trammell is almost off of the ballot. The highest percentage of the vote he’s ever recieved is 36.8 percent.
Arguably one of the top shortstops of his era alongside Cal Ripken Jr., Robin Yount, and Ozzie Smith, all of whom are already in the Hall of Fame, the career Detroit Tiger wasn’t exceptionally great at any specific aspect of the game, he was just really good at every aspect from offense to defense to base-running and game preparation.
MLB.com’s Richard Justice described Trammell’s absence from the hall,
“Perhaps he suffers because, unlike Ozzie Smith, who was perhaps the greatest defensive shortstop of all time, Trammell didn’t do any single thing better than anyone else. Instead, he did everything well…he was one of those players every other was compared to.”
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