The Baseball Bloggers Alliance today (July 13, 2012) named Hardball Talk lead blogger Craig Calcaterra as the winner of the 2012 Joe Posnanski Award, honoring the top internet writer of the year. Besides being the lead voice at Hardball Talk, the baseball blog of NBCSports, Calcaterra can also be found interacting with his readers via his Twitter account.
The Writer of the Year Award was created by the BBA to honor those writers who, beyond being exceptionally great at their craft, have taken to the internet in a full and vigorous fashion. Voters were instructed to take into account not only the writing abilities of the nominees but also their online presense, whether via blog or other media, as well as how they interact with their followers and fans.
“It seems only appropriate to honor Craig Calcaterra, as he could be seen as ‘living the dream’ for many bloggers,” said outgoing BBA president Daniel Shoptaw. “Calcaterra quit lawyering, began blogging and quickly rose to a place of prominence. What blogger wouldn’t want to follow in those footsteps?”
Voters were allowed to vote for three of the five nominees, casting a first, second and third place ballot. Those ballots were tabulated based on a 5-3-1 point scale.
Calcaterra received 276 points, which included 32 first-place votes from the 119 ballots cast. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was runner-up with 245 points and Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus third with 209 points. Dave Cameron of FanGraphs (208) and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (194) rounded out the ballot.
The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. You can follow the BBA on Facebook and Twitter or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org