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.