The Hall of Fame for any sport is considered as the end goal for most professional athletes. This honor justifies everything that the player had to sacrifice during his career, the time put in, the sleepless night preparing for the season.
This is why the Hall of Fame is so important to every sport, but for Baseball it's not just voting on who is the best of the best, no it's something much more than that. Unlike any other sport Baseball's current system for voting in players and the tactics used by the voters is astounding, almost cult like in how they go about it. But it's this mentality that is killing the Hall of Fame process.
The current 571 registered voters are all former or current baseball writers, some of which do keep tabs on most players around the league, but the majority all work for a specific team or organization as a beat writer. Meaning that the majority of the voters probably didn't even cover or pay much attention to the majority of the players on the ballot, this also means that the opinion they will have of the player is most likely based on what the main stream press said about him. This creates problems for players who didn't play in large markets like L.A. or New York, or had their success overshadowed by playing on a poor team (Bert Blyleven, Andre Dawson). When the Hall of Fame first opened there was only 130 registered voters, all of which were voted on and were deemed to be well qualified for the job. Cutting their current voter number in half would be a good start for Major League Baseball, making it more of an honor to have a vote would also mean the voter would have to really take the time and study the candidates.
on the first ballot some voters will intentionally not vote for those players so they don't waste the vote. Instead they vote for a fringe player, basically it becomes a strategic ballot instead of a ballot voting for the best players on it. Also most voters don't take advantage of being able to vote for ten players, with the average number of players on each ballot around 6.5. This hurts players like Edgar Martinez and Tim Raines by not giving them enough votes to ever make the Hall of Fame and for players like Carlos Delgado not even enough votes to remain on the ballot.
So we have too many eligible voters, to stingy of rules on how many can make the Hall, and even with that even stingier voters that choose to only vote their way. A culture change is needed in Baseball to correct this voting process, but Baseball has always been stead fast in it's belief that holding on to the past is best. This means expecting any changes to the voting process to be imminent would be a silly thought, it will take major public outcry when a player gets screwed out of the Hall of Fame. No Baseball wants to see that, but they also don't want things to remain the way they are. But thanks to this new generation of fan and some of the changes we've already seen Baseball make to catch up with the times (Instant Replay) maybe there is still hope for change in the future.