For those interested in the membership of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), The Biz of Baseball has now been updated with the 2009 "Badge List" – a list of the current members, all 725 of them.
The list is broken down by year each writer joined, from Seymour Siwoff of the Elias Sports Bureau in 1952, to Dot Com-ers Will Carroll and Christina Kahrl of Baseball Prospectus, and Rob Neyer, and Keith Law of ESPN.com that were included to the ranks this year.
As mentioned, there are 725 badge members, but don’t think that they are all voting for baseball’s premier award -- the Hall of Fame. For that, you have to wait... and wait... and wait... 10 years, to be exact.
Another thing to note: We didn’t get last year’s list, but we have the list from May of 2007, and there is a clear sign that the sucker punch that the print industry is taking has hit the rolls of the BBWAA. From 2007 to 2009 the list has gone from 785 to 725, or a decline of 8.28 percent. In another sign that the print industry is under the weight of the economy and changing habits of news readers, Colorado Chapter Chair Jack Etkin is listed without a publication affiliation. Etkin was formerly with the Rocky Mountain News, which recently folded just 2 months shy of its 150 year anniversary.
This year’s listing has been updated with not only the Chapter leaders, but the Officers, and the Board of Directors.
Enjoy by selecting the following link, or access it from our navigation section to the left under “Resources”:
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