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The BBWAA honors Bill Conlin; shoots down cool idea for a reliever award

Dec 7, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

Rivera delivers a pitch against the Orioles in the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

The Baseball Writers Association of America had their big annual meeting this morning.  Two things of note happened:

  • The writers honored Philly writer Bill Conlin with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.  This is what people refer to when they say that someone has been elected to the “writer’s wing of the Hall of Fame.”  There is no wing. There’s a plaque. Good for Conlin, but I’d be lying if I said that his baseball writing over the past couple of decades was Hall of Fame worthy. Oh well, not my club.
  • A proposal by Jayson Stark to make an end-of-year award for relief pitchers was rejected.

I hadn’t thought about a reliever award much until I just heard Stark talking about it to someone, but I think it’s a great idea.  The one objection people have offered to it is that it would turn into an award to the saves leader or something, further glorifying an all-too-glorified statistic, but I disagree. Look what the end-of-year award debates have done for pitchers wins.  When there are stakes to it, thinking gets focused and progress is made. At least recently. Just ask Felix Hernandez, Zack Greinke and Tim Lincecum.

Oh well. Neat idea, Mr. Stark. I bet it happens eventually. I bet they name it the Mariano Rivera Award.

  1. Jonny 5 - Dec 7, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Conlin? Really? hmmm? The Hall of Lame inducted him last year, what a coincidence…..

  2. Adam - Dec 7, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    What about the Rolaids Relief Man? I know it’s corporate sponsored and everything, but at least they get something. And it’s listed on baseball-reference.com so you know it’s legit!

  3. felser - Dec 7, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Agreed on Conlin’s writing over last 20 years, but earlier on he was really good.

  4. The Dangerous Mabry - Dec 7, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Here’s a lovely primer on Bill Conlin’s writing:

    http://www.firejoemorgan.com/search/label/bill%20conlin

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