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The BBWAA makes a second attempt at an official statement

Dec 21, 2011, 12:56 PM EST

Yesterday’s official statement by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Bill Conlin was a dud. So they’ve tried again. This time an actual writer — BBWAA president Bill Shaikin — puts his name to it:

“We were shocked and saddened to learn of the allegations involving Bill Conlin and we extend our sympathies to everyone involved. This is a matter far more serious than baseball and, at this point, a matter best left to the proper authorities.”

– Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
BBWAA President
Dec. 21, 2011

Much better.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    I believe this is where the saying

    “Trying to put the toothpaste back into the tube”

    came from. Sorry, BBWAA…while this is much better, your first reaction will be the one that will be more memorable.

    • mox19380 - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:46 PM

      you said it man… they put their foot in their mouths with their first statement essentially presuming Conlin’s innocence and calling the accusers liars

  2. 78mu - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    That’s much better. It’s always good to have a real name attached to a statement.

    The White House or the BBWAA cannot make a statement because they don’t have a mouth or a brain. Someone in the WH or the organization has to put the words together and if they aren’t willing to put their name to the statement it’s as worthless as what the BBWAA released yesterday.

  3. northyorkjays - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Bill Conlin is involved. They extend their sympathies to him? Fuck off.

  4. Kyle - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Was that so hard?

  5. Jonny 5 - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    I don’t give a rats ass about what the BBWAA has to say about this from the outset. Why do they think I need to hear what “they” have to say about it, then have the audacity to “Eff” that up too? From the beginning they should have had no comment because I doubt all the idiotic, and intelligent members all feel the same way about this. An organization that seems to care so much about morals and standards who inducted this blowhard molester into the same bldg as the HOF, their own forced version of the HOF with less than a 50% consensus…. “we vote for HOF inductees, we’re important”. “We keep out the bad guys, we’re important”. ” We can be in the HOF too, we’re important”.Bleh!

    • dluxxx - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:44 PM

      What he said. Pretty much exactly what he said. Nice job Jonny.

    • El Bravo - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      Jonny, why don’t you spell your name right, like Jhonny Peralta? I have no idea why I thought of that just now. I’m still drunk from last night, leave me alone.

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:25 PM

        Actually my name is spelled the right way “El Bravo” ;) . I grew up being called Jonny due to my Dad being Jon. My family revolted long ago and decided to trash the silent unnecessary letters in names. It’s rather flamboyant to have extra letters representing no sounds isn’t it?

      • El Bravo - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:57 PM

        I think it’s funny that Jhonny said at one point that the H is supposed to be there and all other Jonnys and Johnnys were wrong. That’s why to me, he will forever by J-Honny Peralta. The H shant be silent any longer.

      • Old Gator - Dec 22, 2011 at 4:14 AM

        It’s not flamboyant. It’s French.

    • jwbiii - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM

      Nitpicking Jonny 5, but the writer’s exhibit is in a different building.

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:27 PM

        Damn! Well yes the Hall of fame Library. It doesn’t help me remember that when they call themselves Hall of fame Journalists does it?

  6. mox19380 - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    They had to back track the same way Boeheim had to back track after calling the kids involved in that Syracuse scandal liars…. BBWAA is a joke and their first statement was incredibly insensitive to the prospective victims.

  7. El Bravo - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    I didn’t realize you can be associated with the BBWAA and NAMBLA at the same time.

    • Jonny 5 - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:40 PM

      Now there is history of me looking that up on my company computer just so I could see what it meant. I’m sure they’ll believe me that it was an accident…. What the *&%^U% Bravo!!!! Excuse me while I go and erase my browsing history.

      • El Bravo - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:55 PM

        Yikes! Sorry about that. Just figured everyone had seen the South Park episode…well, now you’re on a government watch-list, so you have that going for you.

      • delsj - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:35 AM

        The North American Marlon Brando Look-a-likes Association apologizes for the confusion.

  8. jwbiii - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Conlin’s former employers seem to have reasonable responses:

    Larry Platt, Daily News Editor
    “I have to say the story made my stomach turn. I can’t shake the disgust and rage I felt after reading the allegations in the piece, nor can I stop thinking about the victims.”

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20111220_Platt__How_do_we_report_about_our_own_.html?cmpid=125219969

    “I am sickened by these allegations,” Greg Osberg, publisher of the Daily News and the Inquirer.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/135980778.html?cmpid=125219969

    • b7p19 - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      Yeah, is that so hard? And if you don’t actually feel that way, for some reason, then lie.

  9. mojosmagic - Dec 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Zero brains. You would think after the Penn State fiasco they would have enough sense to cover their worthless @sses.

  10. leerosenthall - Dec 21, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    This story has descended even further into Bizarro World. Apparently it was Conlin HIMSELF who leaked the story to Deadspin, a feeble attempt to control the news cycle and defend his honor. I never cared for that pompous blowhard, but this is beyond sickening:

    http://deadspin.com/5870204/a-conversation-with-bill-conlin-the-day-before-the-inquirer-dropped-its-molestation-story

    • jwbiii - Dec 21, 2011 at 8:15 PM

      Wow. Read that.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 21, 2011 at 8:23 PM

        Was wondering what Will Leitch was referring to the other night when he mentioned on twitter that AJ and Conlin had some history. Guess we all now know.

    • delsj - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:44 AM

      Conlin knew the story was coming & found out it had been leaked to Deadspin. He tried to do some damage control before it came out. This case is about as cut and dry as you can get in these situations. Conlan may not be going to jail because of the statute of limitations, but he might be going somewhere worse if he was serious when he told AJ that he might end up sleeping with the fishes in Largo.

  11. leerosenthall - Dec 21, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Sounds like the “King of the World” may get stripped of his Spink Award after all …

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/sports/baseball/shocking-allegations-leave-hall-of-fame-in-difficult-position.html

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