Well, now we know one guy to yell at about Joe Mauer: Pete Abraham is an American League MVP voter this year:
- Being a member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America is something I take seriously. The BBWAA, like any large organization, has issues. But the vast majority of the members take their stewardship of the game seriously.
Baseball writers are a conduit to the fan - more than ever these days with instantly updated blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc. - and we work with MLB to guarantee access to the players and information. The BBWAA also votes on membership in the Hall of Fame and for the major awards.
Contrary to what some believe, there is no East Coast bias when voting for the awards. Two writers in each city are selected for a panel. Because there are so many BBWAA members in New York, we each get one award to vote for and it rotates from year to year.
I just learned I will be voting for Most Valuable Player this year. My last MVP vote was in 2005 when I covered the Mets.
So there you have it. I'm going to wait another two weeks before making a list of 25 names and then I plan to whittle it down from there.
We're asked not to reveal our ballots until the voting is announced in November. So no harassing me.
Ummm, Pete? You're not going to get harassed (much) by people who want to know how you voted. You're going to get harassed before you vote, by people who want to tell you how to vote. You're going to get harassed by many hundreds of people, I would guess. Which you must know.
Granted, maybe that's a good thing. If I had a ballot -- and I don't believe that I do, else I'd probably have heard about it already -- I would want as much input from as many people as possible. Reasonable input, anyway.
Yes, baseball writers are conduits to the fans. But you know, there are a lot of smart fans out there. Why can't they be conduits to the writers? The answer is that of course they can. Writers often discuss their ballot after the fact, but I can't remember one inviting discussion before the fact. Kudos to Mr. Abraham.
P.S. At last check, Abraham's post already had 264 comments. I just hope he has time to read all of them.
P.P.S. If you don't care about silly awards and just want to celebrate Joe Mauer's awesomeness, >Aaron Gleeman's your man.