Sunday, July 30, 2006

But from Idelson's comments, it seems like HOF does monitor BBWAA affairs

  • These comments were made after it was revealed the BBWAA had no members in the Atlanta market to vote on the 2005 NL MVP (as it happens, an Atlanta player, Andruw Jones was in the running for the award & had no one in his market voting).

"Although the number of Hall of Fame voters remains strong, (Jack) O'Connell said he is bothered that he has lost so many qualified baseball writers from the papers with the voting bans.

"Right now it's very speculative," said Hall of Fame spokesman Jeff Idelson, who said the hall's board of directors is "very satisfied" with the job the BBWAA has done over the years. "It's something we'll obviously have to monitor. We'll stay in touch with the BBWAA and look at the number of voters, and if they're dwindling, we'll cross that bridge when we get to it." "From Gordon Wittenmyer's column 11/7/05 in the St. Paul Pioneer Press


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