In 2001, the Veterans Committee was reformed to comprise the living Hall of Fame members and other honorees.  The revamped Committee held three election, in 2003 and 2007 , for both players and non-players, and in 2005 for players only. No individual was elected in that time, sparking criticism among some observers who expressed doubt whether the new Veterans Committee would ever elect a player. The Committee members, most of whom were Hall members, were accused of being reluctant to elect new candidates in the hope of heightening the value of their own selection. After no one was selected for the third consecutive election in 2007, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt noted, "The same thing happens every year. The current members want to preserve the prestige as much as possible, and are unwilling to open the doors."  In 2007, the committee and its selection processes were again reorganized; the main committee then included all living members of the Hall, and voted on a reduced number of candidates from among players whose careers began in 1943 or later. Separate committees, including sportswriters and broadcasters, would select umpires, managers and executives, as well as players from earlier eras.
Having said that, I feel obligated to make a quick point here: It’s not that I want baseball to be full of PED users. Far from it. I desperately want our game to be clean, with everyone competing on a level playing field. I love the idea of strict testing and severe punishments. Hell, I’ll champion the idea of MLB tying Hall of Fame eligibility to PED suspensions in the future. Right now, it’s an 80-game suspension for the first positive test, a 162-game suspension for the second and a lifetime suspension for the third. Let’s add “ineligible for the Hall of Fame” to the equation. Want to keep a veteran superstar on the downside of his career from using PEDs? You can bet that would be a powerful deterrent. Let’s do everything we can to make the game clean going forward.