This Circle of Greats (COG) vote is not to induct anyone into the Circle, but only to select three players who will be restored back to the main ballot after having been previously dropped from eligibility. As with earlier redemption rounds, this is an opportunity for voters to reconsider past candidates who have previously fallen off the regular induction ballots. This “supplemental” redemption round is being conducted prior to the final two rounds of COG balloting that will consider only holdover candidates already on the COG ballot.
In this vote you may include on your three-man ballot any major league baseball player who:
– was born before 1971; and
– has not been elected to the Circle of Greats; and
– is not currently on the 1971 Part 2 COG ballot that is also the subject of voting this week.
As usual, you must vote for three and only three players to cast a qualifying ballot. The three players who appear on the most ballots will be restored to eligibility for the next round of COG voting. Unlike prior redemption rounds, only three players will be restored to the ballot, NOT the top 3 and ties. If more than 3 players are tied for the 3 highest vote totals, the tie-breaker process will be to discard ballots, starting with the last ballot cast, until the tie is broken. So, vote early as your ballot could be discarded if it is the last, or among the last, to be cast.
The deadline to cast your ballots in this redemption round is Sunday night, January 31st at 11:59PM EST. You can change your votes until 11:59PM EST on Friday night, January 29th. You can keep track of the vote tally in this redemption round here: COG Supplemental Redemption Round Vote Tally.