Retreating from the hardline it adopted at the recent Winter Meetings, the Baseball Writers' Association of America has decided on a moratorium on its resolution to disqualify from its awards players who can earn bonuses through them. The BBWAA's board of directors voted 7-0 on Thursday to table implementation of the resolution, which had been approved by a 41-21 membership vote on Wednesday. While the original resolution called for the ban to begin in 2013, allowing time to consider alternatives to a system that makes baseball writers who vote on the awards "uncomfortable," this decision was made to prioritize meetings with MLB and Major League Players Association representatives to address those issues.
Said the BBWAA in a statement, "It is the goal of the BBWAA to work out a compromise acceptable to everyone." Affected are the major awards determined by a panel of BBWAA voters: the league Most Valuable Player, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.