The Schilling clause??
““NASHVILLE – The Baseball Writers’ Association of America voted this morning to approve a resolution where starting in 2013 all contracts that have financial terms attached to major awards will not be eligible for consideration for that award.
The resolution stems from Curt Schilling’s new contract were he received a $1 million bonus for at least one Cy Young vote. The Baseball Writers Association membership votes on the annual awards. The BBWAA will also notify the Major League Players’ Association and Major League Baseball of its decision. A committee will discuss the issue with both bodies at a future date. “
And then this..
“When we first started giving out these awards it was just to honor somebody. You got a trophy, there was no monetary reward that went with it,” BBWAA secretary-treasurer Jack O’Connell said. “I honestly don’t think people vote with that in mind. But the attachment of a bonus to these awards creates a perception that we’re trying to make these guys rich.“
Give me a break. Don’t get me wrong, 100k, 500k, 1 million dollars is a huge sum of money. But to think that these guys ever approached this as anything other than them being touted as the ‘experts’ on who wins what is crap. Add to that I seriously doubt anyone ever looked at this from a perception standpoint and thought wow, they are making this guy rich. I would disagree.
The only step that hasn’t happened yet is to stop them from voting on awards altogether. They shouldn’t do it. Anytime someone is allowed to vote on this, on the Hall of Fame ballot, and that person injects personal bias into their vote, they should lose the privilege.
The main problem with my opinion on this is that someone, probably more than just one or two people, will assume I mean this as a blanket plastering of the baseball media, I don’t. There are a ton of great people that write about our game. I love reading the people that truly are fans, the Gammons and Starks of the world. Is Peter HORRIBLY biased to the Sox, absolutely! But that makes it entertaining to me. Peter understands the game as well. He knows he’s not the smartest guy in the room and that’s why he taps some of the smartest people in the game to make his points. But I love that he’s a fan.
Same with Jayson Stark. Long before he was an ESPN guy and a national star, he was a regular dude in Philly, and I was a huge fan then. He talks about things that aren’t front page stuff, but he loves the game so much that whatever he writes is interesting. He cares about the players and understands the human side a lot more than most.
George King, NY hack, did NOT vote for Pedro for MVP. he stated that he didn’t believe a pitcher deserved it. A few years later he does vote for a pitcher on the MVP ballot, and no one calls him on it.
Bill Conlin intentionally leaves Nolan Ryan off the HOF ballot. The following day he writes that he did so to make a point! His thought was that if Don Sutton was not a first ballot HOF pitcher, then Nolan Ryan didn’t deserve it either. A 26 year major league career featuring about 4 million more k’s than any other human ever, misses the unanimous selection, which in my opinion he deserved, so this guy could make a point. Please.
Writers are using a players career accomplishments to get material for articles, that’s stupid and incredibly unfair.
This is the same ‘expert’ who touts Jimmy Rollins as a Gold Glove defender. Many other writers felt the same way and many felt that was the thing that pushed Jimmy to win the MVP over Matt Holliday. Bill James defensive formula that creates a stat called Range Factor is, as Bill Conlin describes “chances times something divided by something.”
Then he writes
“Apparently, James decided that a Range Factor based on successful chances times nine innings, divided by the number of defensive innings played is more important than the result – for example, a friggin’ out.”
Then he ridiculously suggests that it is no coincidence that RF ranks Kevin Youkillis the best 1B last year, since Bill James works for the Sox.
So Bill James came up with a stat to make Kevin Youkillis look good, about 20 years before Kevin was born.
Conlin was among the many “baseball” people that ‘exhorted Rollins to take a more small ball approach during his minor league career.”
Any one of them come out and admit to being blatantly wrong about that?
This is the same guy who stated that Mike Schmidt was one of the top 10 players in history when he retired, defending his claim because Bill James agreed with him…..James actually ranked Schmidt somewhere in the second 10, between 13-18th all time by peak or career value. Hmm, if it backs up your argument the guys a genius, if not he’s an idiot.Bottom line for me is that there are way too many personal agendas tabled when it comes to voting and writers should have zero say in who wins what. Or else there should be rules in place to insure anyone that skews a vote or ‘screws it up’, never gets the chance to do it again. Are they the experts? In many cases no they are not. They are just people that have more access to players and the game than others.
That’s not to say some aren’t incredibly smart about the game. Rob Bradford is someone that strikes me as a huge fan who is always looking to learn about the game. Maz, Buck and Sean, I think all know the sport. Maz has a little temper to him, Buck refuses to believe me even thought I can repeatedly tell him the same thing, and Sean is great but plagued by the most monotone vocal delivery in the history of sports. I know them all well enough to say this, and I don’t think it’s a bad thing, I think they are passionate enough about the game and interested enough in the people to have personal bias when it comes to voting.
That’s not to say they don’t vote right, most of them share their picks and the good ones care enough about the votes to ask players opinions before casting their votes. But it only takes 1-2 guys to screw it up and those guys exist in decent numbers.You could put rules in place to fix it, but it still won’t stop the potential errors that may happen. When someone gets 90+% of the 1st or 2nd place votes and there are a few writers that don’t vote for that person, but instead leave him off the ballot completely, you should lose your vote. But that won’t stop a player that may deserve something from possibly getting screwed.
From a personal perspective I have no complaints. The three times I was in contention for the Cy Young award I lost unanimously to the person that should have won the award in unanimous fashion.It’s always been a peeve of mine and I probably should admit to having some of that “They’ve never played the game” mentality, but at the end of the day I like when deserving people get what they deserve. How did Tito end up 4th this year for Manager of the year?
I guess this is much more personal than it started out and I don’t offer up solutions, or good ones, in the end. I just know there has to be a better way for this to happen. Trust me, after a year or two award bonuses became totally meaningless to me because I felt that the size of the contract was always the ‘reward’ for winning those awards. They were paying me to win them anyway. I never turned them down because they became and are now a standard part of a contract. The cool thing is that Theo and I managed to turn the bonuses in the last two contracts into things benefiting Shade and ALS, so it was a win win if it happened.