Dear Mr. Miner,
In your Hot Type column of November 26, 1999, you said that the controversy over the selection of Ivan Rodriguez as AL MVP would have been avoided "if baseball writers had agreed beforehand about what they were voting on." According to reliable and insightful baseball columnist Rob Neyer (and other sources), the ground rules for the BWAA MVP voting specifically state that pitchers are to be considered. Therefore, those who refused to consider Martinez were refusing to follow their association's own rules. Neyer's column of Friday, November 26, goes into that in more detail. It can be found at http://espn.go.com/mlb/columns/neyer_rob/42798.html by scrolling down a couple of columns.
I enjoy Hot Type and appreciate the things I learn from your reporting every week.
Levi T. Stahl