Hall Of Fame Must Confront Bill Conlin Issue

As we noted, 2011 Spink Award winner Bill Conlin has been accused of child molestation. Which is a sticky thing for the BBWAA and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, since Conlin’s Spink Award means his photo is prominently displayed in an exhibit not far from the actual Hall of Fame plaques. Andrew Keh in The New York Times:

Craig Muder, a spokesman for the Hall of Fame, said the organization would not comment on Conlin or his future inclusion in the exhibit, which is designed to remain until a new Spink recipient is installed next summer. Muder noted, though, that recipients of the Spink award were not actual members of the Hall.

Hey, if it’s in the Times it must be true.

Prediction: Something is done with that exhibit before Memorial Day, when the tourists start showing up in Cooperstown again. Some things just won’t do.

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