Baseball Hall of Fame enacts changes to ballot, voters

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Some changes are coming to Cooperstown.

Under new rules announced today, the Baseball Hall of Fame board cut the amount of time a player can remain on the nominating ballot from 15 years to 10 years. That reduction takes effect immediately, but players who have already passed the 10-year mark will still be allowed to stay for 15 years.

In addition, Hall of Fame voters will now be required to register and sign a code of conduct form, and their names will be made public.

Players Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine as well as managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa will be inducted Sunday.

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