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Sunday, April 25, 2021

The Baseball Hall of Fame Needs a New President; Let’s Find One

John Thorn was the first person that came to mind when this subject was presented to me recently. Currently the Official Historian for Major League Baseball, Thorn checks all of the boxes, with one possible exception. At age 73, he doesn’t profile as a long-term fit in that role. (The soon-to-be-departing Mead — formerly the Vice President of Communications for the Los Angeles Angels — is 62, while his predecessor, Jeff Idelson, is now 56.)

Josh Rawitch. who serves as Senior Vice President, Content & Communications for the Arizona Diamondbacks, strikes me as an intriguing possibility. A 1998 graduate of Indiana University, Rawitch has held multiple positions in baseball and is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Unlike Thorn, he would profile as a long-term fit.

SABR CEO Scott Bush would likewise qualify as a long-term option. Formerly the Senior Vice President for Business Development with the Goldklang Group, as well as an Assistant General Manager for the St. Paul Saints, the 38-year-old Bush has a business background other candidates may lack.

A big-league executive I exchanged messages with opined that Bob Kendrick should be the Hall’s No. 1 candidate. The 59-year-old Kendrick is the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and has a background in marketing, so his transition would be relatively seamless. Whether he would want to leave one museum for the other — he presumably couldn’t run both — is a big question.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2021 at 10:37 AM | 7 comment(s)
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