From 1958-'88, players were selected by a fan vote. Ballots were printed in the newspapers. After a nine-year hiatus, Hall of Fame inductions were revived in 1998 by the Cincinnati chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America and the COO of the Reds, John Allen. The writers, whose national organization selects the players for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, elected the players to the Reds Hall of Fame from 1998-2004.
In 2004, the Board of Directors of the new Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum decided to return the vote to the fans. The Reds Hall of Fame Veterans Committee selects players, managers and executives for induction that are not eligible for the fan ballot. Elections take place in odd-numbered years with induction ceremonies occurring in even-numbered years. The most recent election occurred in 2011 with Sean Casey being selected from the fan ballot and Dan Driessen and John Reilly being chosen by the Veterans Committee. The three players will be inducted over the June 22-24, 2012 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend.
Players must have played for the Reds for a minimum of three seasons and have been retired for three seasons. Players active in Major League Baseball within the last 13 years will be considered for the fan ballot. Players playing in Major League Baseball more than 13 years ago will be considered by the Veterans Committee.