Vantin oral lösning dosering köpa Roxithromycin i tyskland köpa Temovate i phuket försäljning Pamelor köpa Altace original köpa Florinef butik köpa Cardizem barcelona vart kan man köpa Micardis online recept för Clomid Midamor duo leverans kan man köpa Tamoxifen på teneriffa Cholestoplex bästa pris sänkt pris på Minomycin köpa Charboleps i riga beställa Strattera sverige Elavil recept sverige Trileptal hur stor dos att köpa Periactin i sverige köpa Femcare i london köpa Etodolac på apoteket köpa Clindamycin i bulgarien köpa Fincar oslo skillnad mellan generisk Lisinopril Amitriptyline i sverige utan recept vill köpa Proscar generisk Diflucan biverkningar Voveran hur stor dos Zetia usa köpa var köpa Alesse flashback kan man köpa Fincar i grekland är det farligt att köpa Aspirin på nätet beställa Bentyl lagligt Provera var köpa beställa Gasex på nätet beställa Ayurslim inrikes köpa Glycomet billigt beställa Diarex i sverige Ralista jelly snabb leverans viagra Dapoxetine köpa köp Zyloprim utan recept kan man köpa Ashwagandha i usa Duphalac utan recept i sverige kan man köpa Digoxin i prag skillnad mellan generisk Phenergan olagligt att beställa Minocycline på nätet köpa Amitriptyline snabbt Femara vägguttag pris pris för Himcolin viagra Allegra köpa Avalide pris sverige köpa Aygestin internet lagligt att beställa Tenormin köpa Omnicef säkert på nätet köpa billigaste Myambutol köpa Lotrisone butik köpa Calcium Carbonate egypten köpa Ventolin 20mg Medrol kräm pris beställa Lamictal på internet Serpina oral lösning pris Zestril dosering urinvägsinfektion köpa Depakote i egypten köpa Evecare över disk köpa generisk Prinivil pris Yasmin sverige köpa Torsemide i norge köpa Beconase AQ apoteket köpa Speman lagligt i sverige Zyprexa pris på apoteket köpa Paxil inrikes Clozaril pfizer köpa Diovan vägguttag pris säkra sidor att köpa Innopran köpa Aceon inom eu svårt att få recept på Top Avana köpa Keppra usa sänkt pris på Unisom kan man köpa Fertomid i kroatien kan man köpa Elavil på nätet köpa Kemadrin i tallin snabb leverans av Clozaril Motrin säker leverans lagligt köpa Caverta köpa Naprosyn i england kan man köpa Atorlip-5 utan recept Prednisolone dödlig dos köpa Prednisone på internet Pristiq dosering urinvägsinfektion generisk Digoxin i sverige köpa Lopressor i frankrike Trimox vägguttag pris sänkt pris på Celexa Minocycline utan recept i sverige köpa Naltrexone på gran canaria köpa Apcalis alanya Isoniazid pris apoteket hjärtat kan man köpa Aricept på nätet flytande Ponstel dosering Clonidine online utan recept köpa Eldepryl 400 mg köpa Eldepryl budapest köpa Florinef 400 mg köpa Fertomid på kreta recept för Styplon köpa Lamisil för tjejer Malegra rekommenderad dos köpa Clomid 2013 köpa eljo Nolvadex Styplon plåster pris beställa Orlistat olagligt köpa Septilin över disk köpa Ayurslim budapest köpa Orlistat i filippinerna beställa Aristocort online flashback köpa Sinemet i bulgarien Adalat gel pris apoteket köpa Mycelex-g säkert beställa Panmycin pulver köpa FML Forte på gatan köpa Evista billigt att köpa Lipotrexate i sverige Aldactone på apoteket pris köpa Colospa i egypten köpa eljo Diabecon köpa Coumadin apotek kan man köpa Singulair i spanien Ophthacare utan recept köpa Evista orifarm Finax jelly köpa köpa Effexor kroatien Dostinex till hund dosering Procardia lägre pris köpa Mobic i estland säkra sidor att köpa Emsam Elavil vet dosering köpa Buspar från sverige köpa Aceon på nätet flashback köpa äkta Flexisyn på nätet köpa eljo Beconase AQ beställa Glucophage flashback köpa Avana billigt apoteket Robaxin pris beställa Lamisil på internet beställa Voveran på nätet flashback Atorlip-5 oral lösning pris generisk Trazodone sverige Aceon pris i sverige köpa Lariam i ungern Pristiq jelly köpa Betnovate hög dos hur kan man köpa Ampicillin bästa stället att köpa Methotrexate bra sida att köpa Fluoxetine köpa Uroxatral i turkiet köpa blå Motilium köpa Levothroid i usa köpa Lincocin göteborg köpa Myambutol i tallinn pris på Septilin i turkiet köpa generic Bactrim var kan man köpa Zovirax lagligt att beställa Apcalis på nätet Erythromycin snabb leverans sverige bra ställe o köpa Temovate köpa Differin malmö köp billig Atorlip-10 köpa Zoloft i tyskland Olanzapine mot ångest dos kan man köpa Pamelor i tyskland snabb leverans av Nizagara kan man köpa Tamoxifen spanien köpa billigaste Liponexol bra sida att köpa Hytrin köpa Prinivil i tallin kan man köpa Differin på apoteket utan recept köpa Vasodilan 20mg var köper man billig Benfotiamine beställa Diovan från thailand sänkt pris Glucovance sänkt pris Xenical köpa Albenza tjeckien köpa Wellbutrin apoteket köpa Chloromycetin i england köpa Vytorin i barcelona vart kan man beställa Trental är det recept på Atrovent i vilka länder kan man köpa Lithium receptfritt Nizagara recept sverige Rogaine 2 dosering lunginflammation köpa Digoxin online 2013 är det olagligt att köpa Pamelor kan man köpa Allegra i sverige är det lagligt att köpa Dipyridamole är det lagligt att köpa Gasex Florinef dosering vuxen beställa Abilify på nätet lagligt Styplon dos migrän pris på Dramamine i sverige köpa Advair online sverige kan man köpa Omnicef thailand kan man köpa Flagyl ER i prag kan man köpa Temovate i turkiet Lioresal köpa online Duphalac utan recept spanien köpa Zebeta receptfritt försäljning Olanzapine Mentat utan recept köpa Epivir-HBV i danmark var kan man köpa Entocort duo var kan man köpa äkta Apcalis köpa Diakof köpenhamn köpa blå Ashwagandha Lasuna att köpa köpa Prazosin seriöst beställa Minocycline i sverige beställa Aygestin utomlands apotekets pris på Skelaxin köpa Biaxin estland var beställa Sinequan kan man köpa Colospa i tyskland köpa Pilex billigt Clozaril dosering första gången Strattera på recept Lopressor dosering föredrag Slim Tea pris sverige apoteket Trimox gel pris köpa Nicotinell i bulgarien billig Caverta sverige köpa Myambutol i oslo kan man köpa Feldene på apoteket utan recept Clarinex pris apotek sverige köpa Elavil i göteborg köpa Dramamine billig Reglan dosering föredrag köpa Tadalis i ungern var köpa Tricor köpa laglig Eurax Trial Erection packs pulver köpa skaffa recept Avalide hur beställa Imuran olagligt att beställa Copegus på nätet bra ställe att köpa Clomid pris på Eulexin i sverige köpa Risperdal online sverige köpa Hoodia mot faktura är det säkert att köpa Nitrofurantoin på nätet köpa Clonidine på faktura köpa Cephalexin på nätet beställa Anacin online flashback generisk Cyklokapron snabb leverans generisk Prinivil i sverige köpa Lozol amsterdam köpa Imitrex på apotek köpa äkta Zestril vart beställa Zithromax köpa Zovirax i lettland Geriforte migrän dos Artane migrän dosering köpa Betnovate i grekland Himcocid dosering till hund behöver man recept för Mestinon är det säkert att köpa Fosamax på nätet fungerar generisk Evecare köpa blå Rocaltrol apoteket Sinequan pris köpa generisk Acticin i sverige bästa pris på Top Avana var ska man köpa Diarex beställa Dramamine pulver köpa Benicar malmö köpa Keftab grekland hur få recept på Imitrex Toradol dosering lunginflammation är det olagligt att köpa Nizoral köpa Hydrochlorothiazide i amsterdam Stromectol gel pris apoteket snabb leverans på Urispas köpa Tetracycline egypten köpa äkta Cozaar köpa Mobic nätet generisk Duphalac biverkningar köpa Cefadroxil egypten beställa Zocor från sverige köpa Aldara i turkiet beställa hem Phexin eljo Hydrochlorothiazide bästa pris köpa laglig Styplon köpa Gasex gran canaria Plendil duo leverans Benfotiamine sverige snabb leveransflytande Duphalac dosering köpa billigaste Valtrex Lipitor eljo pris Lozol oral lösning dosering köpa Requip på nätet beställa Isoptin på nätet 2014 var kan man beställa Zyprexa farligt köpa Decadron på nätet köpa Confido rhodos köpa generisk Nolvadex online Promethazine nervositet dos vill du köpa Zanaflex kan man köpa Yasmin utan recept vart kan man beställa Atarax kan man köpa Bactrim receptfritt på apoteket sänkt pris på Cleocin köpa Phenergan på nätet lagligt Vantin dosering vuxen beställa Trental på nätet köpa concerta Pristiq Himcocid säker leverans köpa Arcoxia 2013 skaffa recept till Ranitidine Bystolic vet dosering köpa Avapro i phuket Rumalaya kapslar pris eljo Urispas dimmer pris köpa Clomid i barcelona köpa Cefadroxil danmark är det lagligt köpa Advair på nätet Liv 52 mot ångest dos Ranitidine utan recept är det lagligt att köpa Ponstel köpa Wellbutrin billig Dilantin dödlig dos köpa Benfotiamine lagligt på nätet köpa Luvox i sverige Tadacip dos nervositet beställa Rocaltrol inrikes köpa Exelon olagligt köpa Detrol rhodos Singulair plåster pris vart beställa Citalopram fungerar generisk Deltasone är det farligt att köpa Vermox på nätet beställa Voveran jelly Temovate migrän dos är det olagligt att köpa Tetracycline kan man köpa Lincocin i tyskland köpa Zyrtec på mallorca kan man köpa Slimex i grekland köpa Moduretic på nätet lagligt generisk Bentyl snabb leverans var köpa äkta Chloromycetin köpa Maxalt phuket köpa Zaditor i ryssland köpa Acivir för tjejer Bupropion dosering rampfeber Prevacid rapid recept Mentat nervositet dos bra sida att köpa Zithromax var köper man Roxithromycin utan recept bra ställe att köpa Erexin-V Medrol dosering rampfeber köpa Glycomet online sverige köpa Sumycin över disk köpa blå Flomax hur köpa Carbozyne köpa Prilosec på ica köpa FML Forte i vietnam köpa Duphalac i turkiet Erexin-V rapid recept bra ställe att köpa Silagra köpa Himcocid i kina köpa generic Nizagara snabb leverans av Aciphex beställa Meclizine på nätet flashback var köper man Zaditor utan recept eljo Aceon dimmer pris beställa hem Exelon Forzest hur stor dos köpa Imitrex kräm Provera att köpa olagligt att beställa Motilium på nätet köpa Valtrex i ungern Propranolol hexal köpa köpa Lariam i kroatien köpa Mycelex-g på kanarieöarna hur stor dos Slim Tea ska man ta köpa Lithium danmark köpa generic Naltrexone köpa Accutane grekland pris Moduretic apotek hjärtat pris på Cyklokapron i sverige köpa Bestina i italien köpa Zovirax på kreta köpa Slim Tea kina Zocor online utan recept beställa Desyrel på faktura beställa Nolvadex på internet Olanzapine strömbrytare pris köpa Ceftin i grekland är det lagligt köpa Acticin på nätet Caverta bra pris köp Levitra snabb leverans kan man köpa Celexa receptfritt i danmark köpa Fosamax köpenhamn köpa Myambutol amsterdam Cytotec dosering vuxna lagligt att köpa Avapro köpa Plavix i frankrike kan man köpa Slimex på gran canaria köpa Himcocid på gran canaria köpa Mycelex-g i apoteket köpa Propecia i indien köpa Slimex i amsterdam lagligt att beställa Cyklokapron köpa Plendil prag säkert ställe att köpa Vytorin köpa Acticin polen pris hyra container Penegra köpa Tricor rhodos vilka länder kan man köpa Naltrexone receptfritt köpa Confido på rhodos Actoplus med snabb leverans Chloromycetin gel på recept köpa Anafranil phuket köpa Mobic online kan man köpa Zyrtec i prag köpa generic Fucidin hur köpa Zestril vad kostar Phexin med recept Sarafem dos urinvägsinfektion måste man ha recept på Florinef köpa Lisinopril 400 mg köp Clonidine utan recept köpa Bactrim tallinn olagligt att köpa Astelin Depakote beställa köpa Zetia på internet köp billig Femara att köpa Advair i sverige kan man köpa Avodart i sverige beställa Vasodilan pulver köpa Yasmin gran canaria lägsta pris på Lamisil dosering Ceftin k köpa äkta Bentyl billig Norvasc snabb leverans köpa billigt Sildalis köpa blå Aricept köpa Nizoral rhodos vad kostar Methotrexate på recept vem vill köpa Indocin beställa container Zocor dödlig dos Toprol köpa concerta Lady era kan man köpa Danazol i grekland köpa Ranitidine polen V-gel utan recept i sverige sänkt pris Seroquel var köpa Amaryl billigt köpa Noroxin på nätet säkert köpa Entocort seriöst vilka länder kan man köpa Anacin receptfritt att köpa Propranolol köpa Premarin estland behövs recept för Styplon i spanien köpa Lipitor säkert online Dostinex köpa jord beställa blå Eulexin bästa pris Minomycin vart kan man köpa Viramune köpa Sinequan inrikes köpa Calcium Carbonate för kvinnor köpa Sumycin duo köp Lipitor snabb leverans kan man köpa Prograf i frankrike köpa Baclofen tyskland köpa kvinnlig Finax köpa Tetracycline i thailand Prednisolone shampoo köpa köpa Avalide inom sverige Ditropan dosering urinvägsinfektion lagligt köpa Betnovate köpa Lisinopril inom sverige köpa Ophthacare online flashback lagligt att köpa Imdur på nätet beställa Baclofen för kvinnor kan man köpa Gyne-lotrimin i england funkar generisk Minocin lagligt att köpa Zetia kan man köpa Omnicef på apoteket utan recept dödlig dos av Advair beställa Zanaflex england bra ställe att köpa Yougara Cytoxan pulver köpa kan man köpa Exelon på mallorca våga köpa Trimox på nätet generisk Prednisone i sverige köpa Carbozyne flashback 2013 köpa kvinnlig Aspirin Feldene receptfritt pris köpa Isoptin i butik stockholm köpa billig Rocaltrol köpa Lipitor i sverige beställa Saw Palmetto köpa Ophthacare på ica köpa Tadalis i italien pris på Glucophage i turkiet säkert ställe att köpa Coumadin
Home All Articles Bob Dutton Addresses the BBWAA Inclusion Process

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 461 guests online

Atom RSS

Bob Dutton Addresses the BBWAA Inclusion Process PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 4
PoorBest 
Articles & Opinion
Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 10 December 2007 09:59
A Biz of Baseball ExclusiveBob Dutton, President of the Baseball Writers' Association of America Addresses Process of Credentialing

Before I get started, it’s important to make mention of the incredible willingness that Bob Dutton, president of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA), has done to address some of the questions about the criteria by which a potential candidate for the BBWAA is granted inclusion, or rather, as it pertains to news on Friday, the non-inclusion of two members. While some of the answers presented may not give what some are looking for, Dutton's willingness to address the questions straight on is commendable.

It should be noted that the full intent of this article is not to make a case for whether Neyer or Law should be members of the BBWAA (although, it is this author’s opinion that they should be), but rather it is an attempt to address some of the questions that have surfaced about the BBWAA’s process. - Maury Brown

It may not have been front page news in the sports section, but it has created a firestorm of debate in baseball circles. The BBWAA agreed to open up its membership to internet-based authors, which on the face of it, is a win for those that produce baseball related content for the internet, and not just for those that work in print, such as newspapers.

16 members were recommended for inclusion into the BBWAA. They are Jim Caple, Jerry Crasnick, Peter Gammons, Tim Kurkjian, Amy Nelson, Buster Olney, and Jayson Stark from ESPN, Scott Miller from CBS Sportsline, Ken Rosenthal from FoxSports.com, Tim Brown, Steve Henson, Jeff Passan, and Dan Wetzel from Yahoo! Sports, and John Donovan, Jon Heyman, and Tom Verducci from Sports Illustrated

Two up for consideration were not recommended for approval. They were ESPN’s Rob Neyer and Keith Law, based upon the BBWAA’s criteria of members being required to attend, what they deem to be a “sufficient number of MLB games.” It is that criteria which is being questioned. It is that non-inclusion of Neyer and Law that have sparked the heated debate.

That debate has raged across the blogsphere, from The Baseball Analysts, to Keith Law’s blog, to Baseball Think Factory, and beyond. It has pulled in members of the BBWAA (one member from the Denver area referenced in Law’s blog posting went as far as calling Law “a liar”) and others (Neyer, for one) have moved into a he said/he said back and forth via comments posted in the aforementioned locations.

After reading through the comments regarding Law and Neyer, it seemed clear that there were a considerable number of questions around the BBWAA’s process, which were not well known.

To attempt to get answers to some of these questions, I contacted Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, who is currently the president of the BBWAA.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Here are some replies to questions asked:

Maury Brown for the Business of Sports Network: What is the exact number of games that a prospective member should attend at ballparks to be considered for approval?

Bob Dutton: There is no specific number in our constitution. For years, the traditional number was 100 games, and most full-time beat reporters still cover between 110-130 games.

But a specific number was omitted when we revised our constitution in 1992. The reason, I believe, was an effort to be inclusive. I think it's safe to say, though, that few members would view anything less than 40 games as an acceptable cutoff. That's roughly half of any team's home games. For example, someone who only covers 20 games at big-league parks is going to have trouble convincing many members that they merit a BBWAA credential.

Brown: What are your comments about the members that were included? Some have suggested that those that were approved were more or less grandfathered in. What are your comments for those that are asserting that claim?

Dutton: I assume you mean the new internet members since we usually have a few dozen new members each year from traditional sources.

Our procedure with internet reporters is new this year. The amendment starts the calendar in October and specifies that we exclude MLB.com employees. The amendment also specifies that other internet sites credentialed by MLB for the World Series serve as a starting point for consideration.

The full membership at our World Series meeting is supplied with a list of those sites and has the option of accepting or amending the list either through additions or deletions. This year the list was accepted intact (again, except for MLB.com).

That meant five internet sites were invited to submit candidates by  Dec.1: CBSSportsline.com, ESPN.com, FoxSports.com, SI.com and Yahoo.com.

The requirement was that candidates be full-time employees whose primary ob is to write about baseball. Those candidates would also need to meet he BWAA's general requirements.

The five sites submitted a total of 18 names. The national board of directors is charged with reviewing the list of candidates and submitting a recommendation to the entire membership for consideration at the winter meetings.

The board recommended that 16 of the 18 be accepted for membership. Two candidates were not recommended for membership because the best information available to the board indicated they had not demonstrated a regular presence at big-league parks.

The full membership has the option of approving the board's recommendation or amending it. In this case, a motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the board's recommendations.

Brown: On the “best information available”… There has been quite the back and forth going on about who at ESPN was contacted at the winter meetings, regarding Keith and Rob. There is a stream of conflicting stories (the side that was not included saying that they spoke to an editor at the winter meetings and that he said he did not speak with anyone at the BBWAA, and the BBWAA saying that they did) .

Can we set the record straight once and for all... Who at ESPN was contacted?

Dutton: I won't identify whom I, or any board member, contacted at ESPN or any of the web sites regarding this matter. Or when and where. They were informal conversations and private background checks.

I've been asked by some of those contacted whether I planned to identify them and reveal the nature of their comments. I've told them I wouldn't  do so without their consent. I plan to stick by that.

Brown: Regarding your comments on "40 games being the cutoff"... have you ever known a member of the BBWAA sponsoring a prospective member  for inclusion that was below this threshold? This gets to addressing the chorus of voices that are saying that there's a "good old boy" network at play.

Dutton: The way our membership works is qualifying outlets (newspapers, wire services, etc., and now internet sites) send us a list of candidates. There's no such procedure of a member sponsoring a prospective member.

Also, the 40-game standard is mine. I didn't mean to imply it as an association threshold. It isn't. As I [mentioned] previously, there is no specific standard.

I do doubt, however, many members would recognize someone who attends fewer than 40 games as needing a BBWAA credential.

Brown: Understanding what the prime reasonings behind the BBWAA requesting that writers attend games directly at the ballpark, is there a sense that a shift in this position could occur based on the high degree of coverage for matters such as the HOF vote now receives?

Dutton: The BBWAA is evolving. The new amendment to admit internet reporters shows this. I expect us to evolve further.

Brown: Is there a need to be "at the ballpark" to add value to the BBWAA with the advent of MLB Extra Innings and MLB.TV that allows writers the ability to see games, and therefore, the only difference is physically being at games?

Dutton: Physically being at games, I believe, means more than your question seems to imply unless you see no value in direct contact with players, management, staff, etc.

I believe the access granted to such people through our credential, which is the result of negotiation with MLB and the MLBPA, is the primary benefit most members value.

That is also the main reason the association places a premium on members demonstrating a need to be at ballparks.

Brown: One aspect of the BBWAA that many wonder about is who is exactly a badge member? The BBWAA’s site does not list who is a member.

Dutton: It is not a secret. The names (I believe) are within all the media guides.

(NOTE: After looking through several of this year’s media guides, this is not the case. As an example, the Orioles list the Baltimore/DC area members, but several guides that I examined – Red Sox, Braves, Cubs – did not. On the latter issue of the listing, Dutton made an extra effort to provide me with a listing of all badge members as of May 2007.)

(See the complete BBWAA badge listing here on The Biz of Baseball)

It should be noted that the list currently does not reflect the Hall of Fame voting list, which includes many lifetime members who are no longer active.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, on the face of it, the addition of 16 internet-based writers appears to be a clear move forward for alternative media. I will not debate that matter, but it should be noted that more than one member on the list was already listed as part of the BBWAA’s rolls prior. Jeff Passan (2004), Tim Brown (1994), Steve Henson (2005), and Jon Heyman (1988) are all shown as badge members. This appears to show more of a “reclassification” than “new inductee” to the BBWAA’s rolls.

Also, looking at the list sees a bit of a administrative issue that the BBWAA is bumping into, which may or may not, impact how the BBWAA works toward growing membership.

Even before the BBWAA decided to allow internet-based writers to be considered for inclusion, the rolls have been growing at an ever increasing rate. As but one example, 1986 sees 20 members added. Ten years later the figure is very close to the same (18 members), but by 2006, that figure jumps to 58.

As a final commentary, the “number of games to be attended” needs to be addressed.

Understanding the BBWAA’s mandate to attend games, as well as the change in the times to address the increased role that the BBWAA plays in determining awards such as the Hall of Fame induction, MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year, is at a crossroads.

The ability for the BBWAA to adapt their bylaws seems doable to address both issues. There could be methods that would allow a prospective member that does not attend the current requisite number of games in person, yet allow them to add exceptional value to the voting process, in. Some form of logging time in an online system as to when they are actively watching games via MLB Extra Innings or on MLB.TV is a suggestion. Another consideration would be that given the vast number of members on the BBWAA’s rolls, is it not conceivable that there is a considerable BBWAA presence at all MLB ballparks, and therefore, allowing a small percentage of members that add value to the voting process, yet may not attend a large number of games at the ballpark be considered for inclusion?

Lastly, if the BBWAA sees the current system as more than adequate, at the very least, a reconsideration of presenting a clear and exacting number of games to attend should be placed back into the bylaws. It would allow those that will be considered for inclusion in the future a clear number by which they know they have to meet. It will remove all ambiguity and subjectiveness from the current system, and therefore, at least quell some of the criticism surrounding issues such as that which Neyer and Law have butted up against. After all, as each member views the criteria differently, so will the criteria by which members are added. With an ever shifting view of the membership base, it will be impossible for the BBWAA to not be criticized. One year, the figure of “50 games” may be acceptable. The next, it may be “60 games.” As mentioned, this level of subjectivity has to be removed to allow for the selections to be seen as wholly credible.

I am not Mr. Dutton, but believe he would agree, that the BBWAA’s system is far from perfect. It seems that as an organization, they are attempting to shift with the change in how media is being viewed, which is clearly a step in a positive direction.

That may, or may not, be too late for some now. Given the high level of interest in the non-inclusion of Neyer and Law, it seems that moving forward with the status quo will not serve the BBWAA, or those interested in seeing the best analysis given to the many awards that are issued by the BBWAA, its just desserts.

As mentioned, at the very least, there is a sense that times are changing. Could members of Baseball Prospectus, the Hardball Times, or other credible online-only media outlets see some of there members become part of the BBWAA in the future? While only time will tell, there seems to be a window opening for that to happen. Whether the window will be large enough for those in the ever-growing alternative media group to slide through will be but one of the many questions confronting the BBWAA as it moves forward.


Maury Brown

Maury Brown is the founder and president of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football and The Biz of Basketball (The Biz of Hockey will be launching shortly). He is also an author for Baseball Prospectus, Basketball Prospectus and is an available writer for other media outlets.

Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?