What happens when there are a few dry years and a person with less favorable stats gets in over someone that is no longer eligible?
You mean, like now? The BBWAA has elected, since 2000, these players:
While failing to induct:
and hell, Jack Morris and Larry Walker (Walker is a superior player to both Rice and Dawson).
I'm sorry, but the list of guys being kept out is far better than the list of guys being put in. (I did leave out some of the no brainers who did get inducted, and I do support Ryno, just I think he's inferior to Biggio)
The system is broken NOW. Take it by position:
Piazza is better than Carter and Fisk.
McGwire, Bagwell, McGriff, hell, RAFFY are all better than Tony Perez
Biggio is better than Ryno (but it's close, this is personal opinion one)
Trammell is, ok, not as good as Larkin
There's no viable 3B on the ballot now.
Bonds, Murphy, and Raines are better than Puckett (Murph even has the same short career). Walker is better than Dawson. Hell, I think Lofton is better than Rice, but Rice is supremely overrated.
I think Edgar is a better DH than Molitor, but it's pretty close.
Clemens is better than Blyleven. Schilling is probably better with his postseason bump.
Lee Smith is better than Sutter. OK, Goose is better than Smith.