First Ever Honorable Inductee: ‘Wild’ Bill Conlin
According to the BBWAA, the association that hands out MLB’s gold placarded trophies every winter and annually collects all of the votes for the Hall of Fame, has decided to make an announcement on this the 20th of December, 2011.
“Bill Conlin has been a member in good standing of the BBWAA since 1966. The allegations have no bearing on his winning the 2011 J.G. Taylor Spink Award, which was in recognition of his notable career as a baseball writer.”
Allegations? My God, whatever do you mean, good ol’ BBWAA?
Do they have anything to do with the fact that the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Nancy Phillips wrote a story containing allegations of child molestation against sportswriter Bill Conlin, a longtime forever columnist at the Daily News? The fact that Conlin resigned earlier this evening surely had nothing to do with that, either.
From Philly.com, byline attributed to Nancy Phillips, here are a few snippets:
Three women and a man say they were molested as children by Bill Conlin, a Hall of Fame baseball writer and Philadelphia Daily News columnist.
In vivid accounts, the four say Conlin groped and fondled them and touched their genitals in assaults in the 1970s, when they were ages 7 to 12.
Conlin joined the Daily News in 1965 and was its Phillies beat writer from 1966 until 1987, when he became a columnist. He gained a national profile as a commentator on the ESPN program The Sports Reporters, and the Hall of Fame honor secured his reputation as a leading voice on baseball.
Jack O’Connell, secretary-treasurer of the Baseball Writers Association of America, which selects the Spink award winner, said the group would take no action. “The allegations have no bearing on the award, which was for his work as a baseball writer,” he said.
Ok, I’m going to take a second to let this sink in, (hey, read the deadspin article if you want, it’s fun) and after you have gotten past imagining evil things that could happen to the now 78 year old Billy Conlin, you can read my simple two cents:
If there is anyone in this world who believes for a second that doing anything like this to young people can ever be excused or written off in any manner can stand next to Conlin, and Jerry Sandusky, and everyone else who every held the notion that doing this even enters the realm of normal behavior, and be shot by a firing squad. Then dragged through the streets of New York, then draw–ok, you get my point.
While my opinion on this is nowhere unique, I find myself in a very serious position when I bring this up, mainly because of the simple filthy image it portrays, but also because I have personal experience in the matter. Not myself, but someone very close to me was abused at 8 years old and we have been working through it for the better part of the decade, and I know we always will.
Child molestation is one crime where guilty before proven innocent is fine by me, (and if they are innocent, they are innocent) but Bill Conlin and everyone else we’ve been hearing about involved in these despicable acts will face justice before this ends, and I hope to whatever god out there, that they are given what they deserve.
My beef with the BBWAA on this grand evening a few days before Christmas is this:
The fact that they retract his Sphincter award, or whatever it’s called is the least important part of this whole ordeal. But I do find it
funny quere that these writers and voters can spend article upon article writing about the MORAL CLAUSES these ballplayers in the Steroid Era ignored while they were shooting one another in the ass with HGH and PCP and RFB and QPZ and all those illegal “turrible” (to quote Sir Charles) drugs, yet no one can condemn a man who molested children to the same scrutiny. Ok, well maybe it’s obvious that they are, but it’s still pretty silly that they can write Jeff Bagwell off as being a drug abuser and say nothing of a child abuser.
I am giving the BBWAA a +K in Ignorance and Idiocy on @Klout.
Statement on Bill Conlin, winner of the 2011 J.G. Taylor Spink Award:
“We were shocked and saddened to learn of the allegations involving Bill Conlin and we extend our sympathies to everyone involved. This is a matter far more serious than baseball and, at this point, a matter best left to the proper authorities.”
– Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Dec. 21, 2011
The fact that they went out of their way to make a second statement means no comment is necessary.
“at this point, a matter best left to the proper authorities”.
Look no one was saying the BBWAA was supposed to walk up to Conlin’s house and drag him out by his drawers, (though many were giving them Klout on Child Abuse on twitter) most everyone was saying that basically defending the guy wasn’t a good idea.
Therefore I am still all in for giving the BBWAA a +K in Ignorance and Idiocy on @Klout.