The Winter Meetings are the baseball industry’s opportunity not simply to meet and make a few changes, it’s also the place where a lot of the game’s affiliated institutions make moves of their own. That took a different form this morning, as representatives of Baseball Prospectus were informed that the organization’s application to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America had been approved, making the two columnists that BP applied for, Will Carroll and Christina Kahrl, members of the BBWAA.
Since 1996, Baseball Prospectus has been providing coverage of baseball in print and online. In the intervening years, BP has expanded to cover the game in ever-greater detail, giving greater attention to scouting and player injuries in a lineup studded with writing talent and the best predictive statistical modeling in the industry. These are the elements that sustain our commitment to daily coverage online, seven days a week February through October, and six days a week November through January. BP is also a company that has had 16 different books published, some bestsellers, including the annual guide that is indispensable to the fans, media, and industry insiders alike. From initially modest beginnings, it has become an organization with a core group of columnists aided by a dedicated technical support team. These commitments, online and in print, have helped make Baseball Prospectus a standby in all aspects of the baseball industry, a reliable regular feature referred to by people inside front offices as well as journalists in print, television, and radio.
For all that we’ve achieved, however, we know that there is even more that we’re capable of in our drive to deliver the best baseball content, and this new challenge is as much a responsibility as an honor. We anticipate that this new level of access will provide BP and its readers with critical additional insight as we provide coverage to all of you that lets us tell the whole story with the fullness it deserves, illustrated by the action on the diamond.
In noting this development, BBWAA president David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution greeted the news with the observation that, “This is an important step forward for the BBWAA, and I’m pleased to have been part of the decision to welcome Baseball Prospectus writers into the organization.”
He went on to observe that in adding our organization to the list of those accredited, “Frankly, there was no good reason not to. Baseball Prospectus is a respected organization with dedicated, full-time baseball writers who cover our sport thoroughly and professionally. They do a great job and provide content that’s influenced our industry.”
The BBWAA’s capacity for change in a changing media environment was reflected in O’Brien’s noting, “Hey, we all know this business is evolving rapidly. BBWAA recognizes that, and I think we showed today that we are open-minded and responsive.”
This is obviously a great day for Baseball Prospectus as an organization, and a reason for personal reflection and excitement alike. This development provides us with a major obligation to not simply enjoy the benefits of our inclusion, not simply to reflect that Baseball Prospectus was and is worthy of inclusion, but that its ongoing coverage of the game will become that much better. From its inception, Baseball Prospectus has aspired to and achieved the highest levels of quality and coverage, but the task at hand is to take it up yet another notch in our desire to deliver information, insight, and analysis as nobody else can.