Two ballots, each consisting of 10 candidates, will be considered by two separate voting committees. Seven managers and three umpires comprise the managers/umpires ballot and will be considered by a 16-member electorate of Hall of Fame members, current and former executives and veteran media members. Ten executives comprise a separate ballot to be considered by a 12-member panel of Hall of Famers, current and former executives and veteran media members.
Any candidate receiving 75% of the vote on either ballot will earn election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted as part of the 2008 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, to be held July 27, 2008. Electors will be asked to vote for zero to four candidates on each ballot.
The 16-member electorate charged with reviewing the Managers/Umpires ballot features Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Jim Bunning, Bob Gibson, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, Tom Lasorda, Phil Niekro, Tony Perez, Earl Weaver and Billy Williams; former executive Jim Frey; current executives Roland Hemond (Diamondbacks) and Bob Watson (Major League Baseball); and veteran media members Jack O'Connell (MLB.com), Tim Kurkjian (ESPN) and Tom Verducci (Sports Illustrated).
The 12-member electorate that will review the Executives ballot includes Hall of Famers Monte Irvin and Harmon Killebrew; former executives Bobby Brown (American League) and John Harrington (Red Sox); current executives Jerry Bell (Twins), Bill DeWitt (Cardinals), Bill Giles (Phillies), David Glass (Royals) and Andy MacPhail (Orioles); and veteran media members Paul Hagen (Philadelphia Daily News), Rick Hummel (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) and Hal McCoy (Dayton Daily News).
The two voting committees will meet on Sunday, December 2 during baseball's Winter Meetings to discuss the candidates and cast their ballots. Results will be announced on Monday, December 3.