We just had our annual BBWAA meeting, and there are two things of interest that came out of it.
One: Next year, the BBWAA season awards – that’s MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year – will be announced on MLB Network.
MLB Network will have four one-hour shows in November – running on Monday through Thursday – and will announce an AL and NL Award each day.
The week before, there will be a show that will announce three finalists for each award and five finalists for the MVP awards. That’s new and should create some more buzz heading into the announcements.
This is a one-year thing at this time, but now there is an exclusive show for the awards. And, the best part for writers, the announcements will be made between 6 and 7 p.m. – so there will be no challenging deadline issues like there were this year with the Gold Glove announcement debacle on ESPN2.
The second development to report may not mean much to many of you, but it means a lot to baseball writers. Bob “Boxer” Elliott of The Toronto Sun was announced this morning as the annual J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner for meritorious service by a writer. He will be honored during next July’s Hall of Fame ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Elliott is one of the most gracious guys in this business and one of the most helpful to young writers and writers that cover opposing teams. Covering a team in the same division means I interact a lot with scribes from Boston, New York, Toronto and Tampa Bay. And Boxer is in a class by himself. Furthermore, there is no better resource on Canadian baseball than Elliott.It is an honor well-deserved and long-coming.