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One thing I thought of is would a hometown writer be more likely to vote for the hometown candidate so as not to have issues with access and relationships with the people they have to cover and see every day for 7 months of the year ?
and the liner notes to a Robert Johnson collection combined,
flat out trolling type votes
but I don't want Beat Writer X to come in to spring training and be greeted by Star Pitcher Y with "So. Not even on the ballot, huh?"
But, we have to assume that Beat Writer X had a good reason to leave him off, right? If he does, then he can explain it to Star Pitcher Y. If he doesn't, then I don't mind him being shamed.
I don't like disclosing the votes.
If someone is that spineless than he should just not vote.
Well, that's fine, then don't vote. People do exist that are willing to actually stand up for themselves and say "You were great Justin, but I though David was a little better last year". To give up transparency to protect writers with weak constitutions is too high a price to pay. We need to identify there idiots who vote Fernando Rodney and shame them.
Well obviously, but who are you going to get?
Is that any different than shading coverage to make one's professional life easier?
If a writer is going to be so easily influenced, anonymity isn't likely to prevent it, but transparency might deter it.
Sure it does. Why do they make the votes public in virtually all legislative bodies? To cite perhaps the most egregious example, would anyone dare omit a Triple Crown winner from their entire MVP ballot if it was going to be made public? How did anonymity make the process more objective in that case?
Because if they vote straight, they are afraid to walk in the clubhouse next spring. If they shade towards hometown guys, they get a good public flogging.
Of course, a lot of people would probably just skip the headache and not vote at all and turnout is already a problem.
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