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BBWAA changes Cy Young ballot, adds Forman

Dec 8, 2009, 3:05 PM EDT

This afternoon the Baseball Writers Association of America got together to vote on various issues and the meeting produced a couple interesting pieces of news.
First and foremost they voted to expand the Cy Young ballot from three spots to five spots, which is no doubt in response to the uproar caused by two writers leaving Chris Carpenter off their ballots last month. My suggestion is that the change should forever be known as the Keith Law Law.
And after adding several internet-based writers last year for the first time, the BBWAA will now open its doors for Sean Forman. You may not recognize that name, but Forman is the man behind the most indespensible, invaluable baseball website in the world (besides this one, of course): Baseball-Reference.com. He’s done a tremendous amount of work to advance both the history of baseball and the availability of statistics, and also happens to be one hell of a nice guy.

  1. Mr. Mike - Dec 8, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    I applaud adding Forman. Are print writers who moved to the Web (i.e. most of Yahoo Sports) eligible for post-season voting? Does the BBWA have a policy of disenfranchising still-employed writers who have ceased to take sports or their profession seriously, such as THe Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy?

  2. Bill@TDS - Dec 8, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    It’s pretty amazing that two years ago they never would’ve thought of adding a lowly internet writer to their ranks, and now they’re adding internet people who really stretch the definition of “writer.” Great news, though.
    Do we need the repeat of “Law”? Can’t it just be called the Keith Law?

  3. Levi Stahl - Dec 8, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    Fantastic new about Sean Forman. He’s probably the guy who has most improved my baseball life in the past decade who doesn’t work for MLB Advanced Media.
    Congratulations, Sean!

  4. Todd Boss - Dec 8, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    To all the idiots in the “uproar” group over Carpenter’s lack of votes; even if those two voters had voted for Carpenter instead of Vazquez/Haren, he still wouldn’t have won the Cy Young!!!
    He lost by 6 votes; he missed a second place vote (3 points) and a third place vote (1 point). Do the math. Then shut up and admit that Law and Carroll’s votes didn’t cost anyone anything.
    If you really want to get worked up over voting, go look at the MVP voting, or maybe even the Hall of Fame voting.

  5. Chipmaker - Dec 8, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    The Internet Baseball Awards have used a five-slot CYA ballot for, um, well, a long time, possibly since the beginning. I expect that had some influence on this right-thinking change by the BBWAA on their format.
    Congrats to Sean!

  6. sbg - Dec 8, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    The BBWAA needs to get with it and open its doors to Aaron Gleeman.

  7. The TC - Dec 8, 2009 at 6:11 PM

    Keith Law Law? Bob Loblaw?

  8. Grant - Dec 8, 2009 at 11:40 PM

    How about the Klaw Law?

  9. Roger Moore - Dec 9, 2009 at 12:07 AM

    That’s great news about Sean. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer or more deserving guy.

  10. twinsfan - Dec 18, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    This is fantastic news.

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