The Baseball Writers Association of America announced their brand new board of directors Friday, coming in a year where there has been tremendous change to their voting procedures and electorate eligible to participate in Hall of Fame voting. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has been elected president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post was elected vice president at the BBWAA’s World Series meeting Saturday, putting him in line to become president next year.

Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle, whose term as president ended this weekend, was elected to the BBWAA board along with Tyler Kepner of The New York Times, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle and Jonah Keri of Grantland, whose shutdown was announced by ESPN on Friday.

In July, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that members of the BBWAA who have not actively covered the sport for over 10 years would no longer have a Hall of Fame vote. In the past, once one had a membership to the Association, they were guaranteed a vote for life. This included people who had not covered baseball since the Carter Administration and editors who briefly oversaw baseball operations momentarily. Two weeks ago it was announced that as a result of the change, the BBWAA electorate had been reduced by 20 percent, down from approximately 600 ballots to 475.

This year Ken Griffey, Jr. and Trevor Hoffman are the leading candidates among first time eligible players for Hall of Fame voting, while holdover candidates include Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Mark McGuire. With some of the older, more disengaged and stubborn members no longer able to vote, it is possible that those who fell under the taint of Steroids without any evidence might have a better chance to finally qualify for the Hall.

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