Neither of the two LA chapter baseball writers that voted for NL MVP is a traveling beat writer, Ted Lilly noticed
- 12/12/11, "Lilly questions NL MVP choice, voting process," MLB.com, Ken Gurnick
- (Ed. note: The MLB.com writer leaves out the egregious example of Eric Gagne, the 2003 NL Cy Young winner who received 28 of 32 first place votes).
- MLB.com reporter Gurnick goes on:
"I don't think players are fully aware of who votes for these awards," said Lilly. "I always thought it was the beat writers, and I guess back in the day, it was. But now I understand that some of the beat writers aren't allowed to vote,
- so you get a lot of substitute voters
Lilly is correct. For example, the BBWAA has disqualified from membership MLB.com writers for a conflict of interest because they work for Major League Baseball."...
- [Ed. note: As of 7/20/2009 twelve MLB.com writers were allowed to vote for Hall of Fame (citation about half way down next to picture with Chicago Bulls sign), also here. This may not be clear to the reader from Mr. Gurnick's depiction. As of 1/9/12, 16 MLB.com vote for Hall of Fame.].
The Dodgers have three traveling beat writers, but only one is allowed to vote for postseason awards. Neither Los Angeles chapter writers that voted for the NL MVP -- Yahoo.com national writer Tim Brown and Los Angeles Times blogger Steve Dilbeck --
- is a traveling beat writer,
According to the BBWAA website:
"Two writers from each MLB city are recommended by the local chapter chairman and approved by the national secretary-treasurer to vote for each award. Writers from NL cities vote for NL awards, and writers from AL cities vote for AL awards, making 32 voters for each NL award and 28 for each AL award. Most traveling beat writers will vote for at least one annual award each year. In some chapters, columnists or backup writers may also vote. Any active member of the BBWAA is eligible to vote for annual awards, regardless of his or her number of years in the organization."...
- [Ed. note: A 1/8/12 article differs: "Only active and honorary members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, who have been active baseball writers for at least ten (10) years, shall be eligible to vote."]
"Beat writers may be asked to vote for two or even three awards, especially in chapters with fewer voters. Writers in two-team markets may even vote for awards in both leagues. Most writers vote for just one award each year."
Lilly thinks voters missed the significance and degree of difficulty of Kemp's season compared to Braun's.
"Matt didn't have Prince Fielder in the lineup," he said. "That's a huge difference. Matt didn't play in a hitter's park, which Miller Park is and Dodger Stadium isn't. Matt plays center field, so there are more defensive demands.
"I'm not saying that Braun didn't have a great season, but if he got the award just because his team went to the postseason, that's no reason to penalize Matt, who had a better season and was more important to the Dodgers. Think of where we'd have been without him.""
- 12/6/11, "BBWAA awards to be on TV in '12," AP
- Another citation that MLB.com writers do in fact vote on baseball awards:
- actually now work for Major League Baseball's website which
- Mr. Gurnick stated: "For example, the BBWAA has disqualified from membership MLB.com writers for a conflict of interest because they work for Major League Baseball."...
- (Kepner of course says no. That's his job. I haven't analyzed the 9 MVP awards he references but I like to keep track of statements like this:)
- As I said I haven't analyzed these 9 awards. The outsized influence west coast baseball reporters have in conferring or withholding immortality may not have factored into these particular awards.
- Rob Neyer even acknowledged a way to manipulate votes:
- "For example, if you're in Atlanta and can't vote for Andruw Jones, just put Albert Pujols eighth.""...
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