‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear “BBWAA”, I Think Of…

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear “BBWAA”, I Think Of…

From dictionary.com:

Word Association, Noun.  

Definition – the connection and production of other words in response to a given word, done spontaneously as a game, creative technique, or in a psychiatric evaluation.

Ex: Dog –> Bark

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear “BBWAA”, I Think Of…



I mean seriously, with the recent Hall of Fame election votes announced, doesn’t something need to be done to get this process back on track and have the results truly mean something?  For one guy to just vote for Jack Morris is absurd.  And for players like Armando Benitez and Jacque Jones to get a vote this year, what a joke.  And Aaron Sele last year?  Come on.  And for the guys to turn in ’empty’ ballots – give me a break.  And while I don’t necessarily agree with his thoughts, what Dan LeBatard did with his 2014 Hall Of Fame vote is absurd.

It’s time for the Baseball Hall Of Fame to take a stand and see what the old voting style is doing to the museum.  And it is time to create a panel of quality writers, former managers, players, and executives that can universally make these decisions with the goal of honoring the history of the game as their lone priority.

Enough said.

And now, When You Hear “BBWAA”, You Think Of…

6 responses to “‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear “BBWAA”, I Think Of…

  1. I like clowns, that is very fitting. The first word that came to my mind was elitist. They are taking it upon themselves who should and should not be in the Hall, not based on their careers, but on assumptions and accusations.

    Though I do not agree with what LeBatard did, I did like the ballot that he ended up casting.

  2. Clowns definitely describes some of the BBWAA members ,but the word that I think of is Broken because I think the HOF voting process is broken.

    When BBWAA writers who no longer write about baseball, watch games or care about baseball still have a vote and they do idiotic things like turning in a blank ballot, token votes that could potentially eliminate a worthy HOF candidate, giving a vote away to a website (no matter how great of a ballot that got turned in) or only voting for one player- then a change is due.

    The Baseball Hall Of Fame set up the voting process for the BBWAA (all those years ago) and they are the only people that change the voting process. The HOF seems to think that the voting process is fine the way it is and they don’t seem to want to change it.

    Creating a new voting body for the HOF is a great idea! The new voting body should include writers, former players, former managers and former executives as well sabermetricians. And if you really want to go crazy maybe even bloggers and broadcasters too, but team bias is strong with those two groups.

    I’d like to see there be a total of 12 voting slots be available to use as well as modifying the below 5% rule (something like if a player hasn’t been above 5% at any time in his first five years then he’s off the ballot- players shouldn’t be punished if there is an extremely loaded ballot or if a voter needs extra time to dig deeper into the numbers).

  3. Unwillingly….

    They still want to vote as they did in 1950. I don’t remember if I heard that the HOF or the BBWAA sets the voting and player criteria, but I know it hasn’t been altered for nearly 60 years.

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