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My last blog post on the BBWAA brouhaha

Okay, this will be the last one, I promise...

But Maury Brown has an interview with Bob Dutton up on the controversy. Dutton is the president of the BBWAA. Dutton, on the attending games requirement:

Maury Brown for the Business of Sports Network: What is the exact number of games that a prospective member should attend at ballparks to be considered for approval?

Bob Dutton: There is no specific number in our constitution. For years, the traditional number was 100 games, and most full-time beat reporters still cover between 110-130 games.

But a specific number was omitted when we revised our constitution in 1992. The reason, I believe, was an effort to be inclusive. I think it's safe to say, though, that few members would view anything less than 40 games as an acceptable cutoff. That's roughly half of any team's home games. For example, someone who only covers 20 games at big-league parks is going to have trouble convincing many members that they merit a BBWAA credential.

There is also a list of all the current, active BBWAA members, listed by year of admission and badge number. The Metroplex's own Randy Galloway has badge #30.

Perusing the list of recent admittees, the DMN's own Jean-Jacques Taylor, admitted in 2007, jumped out at me. Given that J-JT says he doesn't follow baseball closely (outside of the Rangers), and given that he seems surprised there are fans who really care about the Rangers, I'm surprised he met the necessary "games attended" threshhold.