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Thursday, November 15, 2012
From comments: “Just wait for the HoF vote if you want to be angry; if they publish the votes for that, I don’t even want to look at it.” Is this going to happen?
The Baseball Writers Association of America, whose contract with Major League Baseball references as many third-party transactions with Satan as Fox’s World Series contract and the liner notes to a Robert Johnson collection combined, has declared its intentions to make future baseball award votes more transparent than in the past.
Sure enough, the BBWAA released all individual ballots for last night’s Rookie of the Year voting. While it seems like transparency can only help to legitimize a process that has been under scrutiny longer than Strom Thurmond’s voting record, a glance at the RoY voting suggests that we may be in for some trouble.
...There’s no reason to throw a fit over a local writer throwing a third-place vote to a hometown guy in a race where third place was wide open. But after seeing the individual ballots for a relatively controversy-free award, I’m not sure I trust the process more than I did before. Is there an expectation that every voter will skew his picks toward his hometown team? If so, does a player suffer if one of his hometown guys issues an objective ballot and leaves him off? The two Cincinnati candidates had two Cincinnati Enquirer writers on their side (though Cozart was still somehow shut out), while most other teams seemed to be represented by one local writer and one national writer who was shoehorned into a jurisdiction.
This may feel like a non-story, but we’re two days away from Miguel Cabrera winning Mike Trout’s AL MVP Award. If the voting is close, and all the Detroit voters put Cabrera at the top of their ballots, fans looking for a target for their travesty-induced rage will have names at which to spew their vitriol, rather than a faceless take-back-the-RBI movement. I’m not sure that’s a good thing.
Posted: November 15, 2012 at 06:38 AM | 27 comment(s)
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