ONEONTA, N.Y. — For those who attended Hall of Fame induction ceremonies the past eight years, Dale Petroskey was the guy who handed the plaques to Hall of Famers following their induction speeches on the stage at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y.
He stood and smiled for pictures with some of baseball’s greatest players.
Petroskey, 52, resigned Tuesday as the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s president, a position that paid him $305,000 in 2006, according to a Form 990 filed with the IRS.
The Hall’s five-member executive committee of two-time National League MVP Joe Morgan, "Meet the Press" managing editor Tim Russert, Hall of Fame chairwoman Jane Forbes Clark, Edward Stack and Paul Beeston accepted Petroskey’s resignation Tuesday afternoon.
“The resignation is the result of our finding that Dale Petroskey failed to exercise proper fiduciary responsibility and it follows other business judgments that were not in the best interest of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum,” the committee said in the release.
The only addendum to the release came from Hall director of communications Brad Horn. He said Petroskey’s actions were not criminal in nature and that Petroskey did not benefit from them.
From changing the way the Vets committee votes, the moving (and eventual cancelling) of the Hall-of-Fame game to the resinding of the invites to Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Bull Durham, Petronsky has just messed up everything. I just hope the next guy does a better job at preserving the Hall.