Each year a baseball writer is inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame. That writer is given the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, the highest honor given by baseball writers to baseball writers. The morals clause does not apply, of course. Bill Conlin, a Spink winner and Hall of Fame writer, has been accused by numerous people of being a child molester. He has slithered out of the public eye. The BBWAA’s stance on Conlin, printed here on their own website:
“Bill Conlin has been a member in good standing of the BBWAA since 1966. The allegations have no bearing on his winning the 2011 J.G. Taylor Spink Award, which was in recognition of his notable career as a baseball writer.”–Jack O’Connell, BBWAA Secretary/Treasurer, December 20, 2011
How about that? A body whose current President, Susan Slusser, has advocated that members do not vote suspected PED users on their ballots due to character issues, will not back down from supporting one of it’s own amid accusations of molesting his niece and, per a former child prostitute, being in a pedophile ring that included Jerry Sandusky. It’s ok to judge a player on character, per the BBWAA, but it is absolutely not a stance they’ll take with a fellow writer.
...If baseball players who were great but had character shortcomings are not deserving of the Baseball Hall of Fame, then I think baseball writers who were bad at their jobs don’t even deserve the opportunity to reach character consideration in their own Hall of Fame cases. I humbly request, then, that that all BBWAA members cast empty ballots for the J.G. Taylor Spink Award over the next couple decades, so we can be sure that no one who was terrible at their journalism job gets into the Hall of Fame, which should only be populated by people who were associated with the game and were truly great at their job.
Posted: December 07, 2012 at 04:51 PM | 11 comment(s)
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