Baseball Writers’ Association Of America
LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has become the first black reporter to head the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The 48-year-old Neal, who has covered baseball for the paper since 1998, was elected Saturday at the BBWAA’s World Series meeting to succeed Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser was the first woman to head the organization, which was founded in 1908. Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle was elected vice president, putting him in line to become president next October.
The thirteenth time was not the charm for former Twins pitcher Jack Morris, as the MVP hero of the team’s 1991 World Series championship once again missed the cut for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Unless the voters throw a real curve, Bert Blyleven should be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame. Same for Roberto Alomar.