Looking for Electoral Reform via Baseball’s Hall of Fame

Is Edgar Martinez the Gary Johnson of baseball? No, but his inevitable election to Cooperstown can teach us something useful about politics.

Imagine if you will an election system in which your vote actually counted (at least, as 0.2 percent of the outcome); where early mail-in ballots were tabulated and publicized in something close to real time (though by outside aficionados, not any governing body), and where voters were pressured socially to not just reveal but also actively defend their selections.

Add a few quirks that cannot and should not ever be transferred to the world of politics, and what I’ve just described is the Baseball Writers Association of America‘s annual vote to enshrine (or not) new members of that sport’s Hall of Fame. Due in significant part to external pressure on what was for decades a zealously guarded insider franchise, the

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