Casting a 'nay' for the naysayers

Rosenthal, Ken
January 2006
Sporting News;1/27/2006, Vol. 230 Issue 4, p50
The article reports that there are media-sports conflicts far greater than baseball writers' voting on players for the Hall of Fame and postseason awards. Later this year, when Mark McGwire appears on his first Hall of Fame ballot, writers will be in the difficult position of weighing unconfirmed allegations that McGwire used performance-enhancing drugs. The most fundamental concern is that awards voting can compromise a writer's objectivity. Voters are instructed to consider a player's integrity, sportsmanship and character, along with his playing ability and contributions to his team. INSET: Hall of Fame also-rans still have opportunities to pick up votes.


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