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Baseball Writers' Association of America
From BR Bullpen
The Baseball Writers' Association of America (originally the Base Ball Writers Association of America) (BBWAA) was founded in 1908 by several sportswriters in response to mistreatment by major league owners. The union demanded certain rights, such as press boxes and access to the clubhouse.
Members of the BBWAA are selected to vote for league Most Valuable Player, Cy Young Award, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year Awards. Ten-year members of the BBWAA are also eligible to vote for the Hall of Fame.
BBWAA members must work for a print newspaper either as a beat writer, baseball columnist, feature writers, or editors. If a writer leaves newspapers for magazines or an Internet column, he can retain his membership in the BBWAA.
Source: APSE Explanation of the BBWAA