The Anatomy Of The BBWAA Website

It shouldn’t be surprising that an organization often criticized for its resounding antiquity and lack of anything that resembles innovation should have a website that appears to have been created by a grade nine student with a GeoCities account circa 1996. In fact, I really want to believe that the look and feel of the BBWAA.com website is a conscious effort on someone’s part to create the perfect match of form and function.

I mean, what other design would you expect for a website belonging to someone who believes such things as batting average, RBIs and pitching wins are the best indicators of individual talents? And why wouldn’t the technophobic, arrogantly ignorant choose the most basic, user unfriendly, visually displeasing website possible?

It’s as if the BBWAA is saying:

All those who use the World Wide Webernets aren’t worth our time, so we’ll present to them the most minimal design possible. We’d use a comic sans font too if we only knew how to. Eat it, poindexters. We still book flights through our travel agent.

However, if last year’s hacked website taught us anything, it’s that when it comes to the BBWAA.com’s webmasters, we’re not exactly dealing with the bastion of sophistication. So, I’m thinking that maybe they could use some help. Maybe we could take a closer look at the baseball writers’ website, breaking it down piece by piece, and maybe, just maybe, it could be considered as a bit of free consultation.

Or maybe we should just rip into it because it’s kind of fun.

Either way, I will admit this: at least this year’s GeoCities design is an improvement over last year’s Tripod design. Fingers crossed for Angelfire next year.

As usual, each letter below has a corresponding letter on the picture above to denote the subject of my scorn.

A.

What a lovely piece of base ball clip art. They must have pulled that one from a really expensive CD ROM.

B.

Around 500,000 years ago, humans began building themselves shelter. 35,000 years ago, we created musical instruments. Less than 3.000 years ago, the first two-masted ships were built. In the first Century, the Romans began building dams. At the beginning of the second millennium, the Chinese began using a moveable type system that would eventually make way for Johan Guttenberg’s printing press in the 15th Century. In 1878, the electric light bulb was patented.

In 2011, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America discovered that colours other than black and white could be used on a website through HTML coding. Unfortunately, they chose to exercise their new found freedom by selecting a shade of green for their initials that falls somewhere between Troma slime and lifelong smoker nostril lining.

C.

The pen and paper pad combined with the noticeably absent carrier pigeon are how several BBWAA members continue to file their game summaries to this day.

D.

I noticed the options in the frame on the left hand side of the page because they were capitalized. And thank god that I did. Now, I can read all about the BBWAA’s constitution (or should I say CONSTITUTION)? There goes the rest of my afternoon. Hashtag: Fascinating.

E.

Times New Roman is such a beautiful font. The only thing it’s a default for is my affection.

F.

Align Right (or AlRight, as I refer to it) is a powerful internet tool that’s only made stronger when it’s used in conjunction with a picture stolen straight from an otherwise superfluous media guide.

G.

It’s no coincidence that both “Twitter” and “trendy” begin the letter T.

Other awesome things that begin with the letter T:

Tim Raines. Remember this in December, 10-year members of the BBWAA, when you go to mail in (literally – like with paper, envelopes and stamps – and most likely figuratively as well) your Hall of Fame ballots.

H.

It’s quite unclear to me if Dining With The Stars refers to having dinner with my favourite members of the BBWAA or the actual winners of the awards who have nothing better to do on January 21st of the new year than hanging around sycophants and men who wear corduroy pants not ironically to work. And all for only $225! Hashtag: Bargain.

I.

When it comes to the greatest tables of all time, this most basic of HTML models is second only to this: