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BBWAA moves against incentive clauses

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Dec 05, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Baseball Writers’ Association Of America had a national meeting today and we approved an interesting motion.

Starting in 2013, any player with a contract clause giving him a bonus or some other benefit for receiving votes for a BBWAA award will be ineligible for that award. That means the MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year.

Giving a player money for something a writer votes on is an ethical problem that only got worse when Curt Schilling put a clause in his deal giving him $1 million for receiving just one vote in the Cy Young balloting.

If teams and players want such incentives, they can use the MLBPA awards or the Sporting News Awards.

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