Monday, September 5, 2011
Hanging from the Rafters - Updated Requirements
Originally, I had the games requirement to have a number retired set at 800, but I have been thinking about tinkering with that number a little bit. I felt like ten years with a team had to be the requirement in order to make it as a "fan favorite" and someone a fan base would really want to see honored, which would make it 820 games. Then I thought I'd just round down to account for injuries and whatnot and make it an even 800.
But now I'm thinking missing 20 games over 10 years is asking a bit too much. So, I've come to the conclusion that the requirement should be 739 games. Which is nine full years of service plus one game. So essentially, a guy had to be on a team for ten seasons, but he could miss 81 games throughout those ten years and still be have has number retired. (Any more games missed than that and fans aren't really going to get behind him with their full support anyway.)
Similarly, the 400 games & Hall of Fame Inductee was supposed to be five years and Hall of Fame, so I think I'm going to adjust that down to 329 games and making the Hall of Fame. I'm going to be making adjustments to the ones I've already posted throughout the week and then just go with those numbers from there.