January 11, 2013 |
The only living member who will be honored in July by the Baseball Hall of Fame is a writer - former Daily News scribe Paul Hagen. That is somehow appropriate, considering that the writers are at the forefront of a debate that extends beyond the walls of the Cooperstown, N.Y., museum. "This is the most star-studded ballot in 75 years, and we didn't elect anybody on it," ESPN.com's Jayson Stark said. "It just shows you what a mess Hall of Fame voting has become. " For the first time since 1996, the Baseball Writers' Association of America did not elect anyone Wednesday.
January 10, 2013 |
NEW YORK - There's a chance that the podium under the chandeliers in the Vanderbilt Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel will go unused. With the cloud of steroids shrouding the candidacies of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and others, baseball writers may fail for only the second time in more than four decades to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame, rendering a news conference unnecessary. About 600 people are eligible to vote in the Baseball Writers' Association of America election, all members of the organization for 10 consecutive years at any point.
December 24, 2012 |
The mother of all Hall of Fame ballots arrived in the mail earlier this month and I immediately set aside the manila envelope and continued to ponder how to handle the polarizing players who showed up on the ballot for the first time this year. You know the names. Barry Bonds. Roger Clemens. Sammy Sosa. Superstars who stained the game by using performance-enhancing steroids. After this year's ballot arrived, I started reading columns from some of my fellow members in the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
November 23, 2011 |
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun won the NL Most Valuable Player Award after leading the Brewers to their first division title in nearly 30 years. Braun received 20 of 32 first-place votes and 388 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Los Angeles centerfielder Matt Kemp, who came close to winning the Triple Crown, received 10 first-place votes and finished with 332 points. Braun's teammate Prince Fielder finished third with 229 points, and Arizona's Justin Upton finished fourth with 214 points.
December 31, 2010
THE 2011 HALL OF FAME ballot presented the usual challenges and tough decisions common in years without a slam-dunk first-ballot presence. Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar, both painfully close to the magic 75 percent a year ago, are back for another run at the tape. In his 13th year on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot, Blyleven was supported by 400 voters, or 74.2 percent. Alomar drew 397 votes, or 73.7 percent. That was hanging-chad close. Jack Morris (52.2 percent)
October 6, 2010 |
PHILLIES MANAGER Charlie Manuel made news this season when he left Joey Votto off the National League All-Star team in favor of Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard. Yesterday, when asked whether he would vote for Votto for the league's MVP award - he cannot vote for his own players - Manuel replied, "Yes. I'd vote for him. " Votto, in his third big-league season, made the All-Star team anyway in the Final Vote, and he actually called Manuel's decision a "cool thing," since Manuel said he was making up for Howard being wronged in 2008.
November 25, 2009 |
Albert Pujols' third National League MVP award put him in select company. Only Barry Bonds has more. "I'm just humbled," Pujols said. Pujols won unanimously yesterday, becoming the first player to repeat since Bonds won four in a row from 2001-04. Pujols, who also won in 2005, received all 32 first-place votes and 448 points in balloting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He became the first unanimous MVP since Bonds in 2002. A big part of the Cardinals' success this year was the acquisition of Matt Holliday in July.
November 19, 2009 |
The Los Angeles Angels could have crumbled when pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a car accident in April, overcome by waves of grief and sadness. Mike Scioscia, of Springfield, Delaware County, kept them moving forward. "There wasn't one defining moment," he said. "I think as the season started to evolve guys found that sense of purpose to play baseball again and they played it at a very, very high level. " For his deft touch during a trying season, Scioscia won the AL Manager of the Year award yesterday for the second time.
December 9, 2008 |
Joe Gordon - 66 years after being named the American League's most valuable player - has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in voting announced yesterday. For the likes of Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat and Ron Santo, it was another shutout. Gordon, who died in 1978, was elected by a 12-member Veterans Committee composed of Hall members and historians who studied pre-1943 players. A nine-time all-star, the second baseman won five World Series titles with the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians.
November 18, 2008 |
Ryan Howard was the most valuable player in the National League in 2008. That he was not voted MVP by the Baseball Writers' Association of America says more about the association than about Howard, Albert Pujols or America. Pujols was not an embarrassing selection, not with his excellent numbers, but was still the wrong selection. And that should embarrass the association enough to do what it should have done long ago: get out of the business of voting on baseball's postseason awards - as well as the Hall of Fame.