Plus I just found out that Paul Oberjuerge no longer has a HOF vote…I guess covering amateur soccer in Abu Dhabi will do that.
The following HOF voters have been identified from the BBWAA.org’s own website as having case a ballot in the recent HOF election as “honorary” members. I’ve included some information as to what they are doing now, how they got their BBWAA ballot, and some side comments on published interviews, biographies, and the like relating to them (all my comments are highlighted). It’s not pretty reading if you advocate for a more professional approach to HOF induction, believe me. (My additional comments on this are in the “Bottom Line” section following this list, if you have the stomach to make it through to the end…) So here goes…the honorary HOF voters of the BBWAA:
Frank Clines- Retired, now writing with some guy named “Artie” or something for a online thing called Milwaukee.com. They call themselves “The Observers”, which must be something like “The Watchers”, those supreme beings in the Marvel Comics universe who stand around all day just checking things out, but doing nothing of substance…
Lowell Hickey- Went into advertising after being a sports writer and editor. Latest- the president of the Castro Valley Sports Foundation, which promotes youth sports in Castro Valley California. How any of this advertising or foundation work relates to the HOF is beyond me.
Mark Kreidler- Columnist at the scaremnto bee for 14 years. Now runs Kreidler Communications since 2007, so I guess you can say he’s not on the beat anymore. But he did write a book about surfing, which counts for something- as, who am I kidding? As far as HOF voting qualifications go, it counts for squat.
Phil Pepe- Has over 50 years of sports reporting, and was the New York Yankees beat writer for the New York World Telegram & Sun (1961-1964) and New York Daily News (1971-1984). He has written or co-authored dozens of books, including Slick and Billyball and also wrote regularly for The Sporting News. So what’s the most pertinent fact in this bio regarding having a HOF vote? It is that Pepe finished covering baseball as a beat writer in 1984.
Glenn Schwarz- Became sports editor of the SF Chronicle in 1987, then retired in 2009 after 40 years in the biz. But still has a HOF vote.
Posted: February 12, 2013 at 05:05 AM | 33 comment(s)
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