Susan Slusser becomes BBWAA’s first female president

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The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser was voted in as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s president on Saturday, making her the first woman to hold the title.

Slusser, long among the game’s best beat writers, has covered the A’s for the Chronicle for 14 years. She was the vice president of the BBWAA this year.

BBWAA officers hold one-year terms, and the vice president typically moves up the following year. That means the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s La Velle E. Neal III, who was voted in as the VP today, will become the BBWAA’s first African-American president next year.

Donald Trump wants Curt Schilling in the Hall of Fame

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We’ve talked a lot about Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame candidacy over the years.

Bill has argued that, if voters are going to use the character clause to keep certain players out, they should keep Curt Schilling out. I’ve differed on that, not because I think Schilling is a good person — he’s loathsome, actually — but because I find the character clause to be illegitimate and would never, if I had a vote, use it to impact my vote. So, yes, I’d put Schilling on my ballot if I had one.

I’m not alone in this, of course. At the moment Schilling has support on about 72% of ballots which have been made public. My guess is that he’ll fall a tad short when results are announced tomorrow — non-public ballots tend to include fewer players on them — but we’ll see.

I am not the only non-BBWAA member who would vote for Schilling. He’s got some top level support too. From the President of the United States:

Ballots had to be submitted by December 31, so it’s not like this is gonna have any impact on the vote totals. If it came earlier, though, one wonders if it would. And one wonders if that’d help Schilling or hurt him.