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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tom is a Doofwongle Posted: April 25, 2021 at 11:36 AM (#6015250)
I'm betting on Pete Rose.
   2. AndrewJ Posted: April 25, 2021 at 11:44 AM (#6015252)
Not among the top 1,000 subjects that keep me awake at night these days, but this is an interesting topic.

Whoever takes over at the Hall will have to restore a bit of public trust in the institution -- so many of the steroids-era players not in, while second-tier 1970s-1980s players have been inducted. And the Hall might examine its role in making the game more appealing to younger fans.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2021 at 12:03 PM (#6015254)
Kendrick would be a great hire, but he couldn't run the NLBM anymore I think, and he would be a huge loss for them.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: April 25, 2021 at 07:55 PM (#6015338)
Whoever takes over at the Hall will have to restore a bit of public trust in the institution

Assumes facts not in evidence. With regard to the alleged (and some confirmed) roiders, I see no evidence that the "public" (i.e. the people who actually generate revenue for the HoF) are particularly upset by their absence. I'd be flummoxed if there were more than 2 such people who are sufficiently offended by Baines's presence to stay away.
   5. 57i66135 is a hard word for me. Posted: April 25, 2021 at 08:37 PM (#6015344)
sean forman?
   6. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 25, 2021 at 10:36 PM (#6015367)
With regard to the alleged (and some confirmed) roiders, I see no evidence that the "public" (i.e. the people who actually generate revenue for the HoF) are particularly upset by their absence. I'd be flummoxed if there were more than 2 such people who are sufficiently offended by Baines's presence to stay away.

Glad someone said this. Other than Induction Day, who goes to the Hall of Fame just to visit the plaque room? You can find plenty of memorabilia by Rose, Bonds, etc., on display elsewhere in the Hall.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2021 at 11:17 AM (#6018247)
Jeff Idelson has been named interim president.

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