Baseball HOF president resigns

FILENational Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum President Tim Mead shows off his bat collection in his office on July 29, 2019.

Tim Mead, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, will resign, effective around mid-May.

The news was announced in a Friday, April 16, media release from the museum. Mead began work in the position less than two years ago.

“I have been extremely blessed as a life-long fan of the game to spend four decades serving the organization I grew up admiring, and then have the distinct honor and privilege of assuming the role of president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum,” Mead said in the release. “The driving force behind my career in baseball has always been love of the game.”

Mead cited family concerns as the reason for his departure.

“I made the recent leap with every intention of following in the footsteps of my predecessors, in continuing their efforts in maintaining the Hall of Fame as a critical component of the game,” he said. “Try as I might, even with the unwavering support of my family, these last 22 months have been challenging in maintaining my responsibilities to them.”

Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the museum, said the organization’s executive committee accepted Mead’s resignation “with regret.”

“As a respected member of the baseball community, Tim has served the game of baseball for decades. His genuine appreciation for the game’s history and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be greatly missed by us,” Clark said in the release.

Mead, 62, was named president on April 30, 2019, after a 40-year career working for the Los Angeles Angels organization, including the previous 22 years as the team’s vice president of communications.

In a July 2019 interview with The Daily Star, Mead said he initially resisted the efforts of his predecessor, Jeff Idelson, to recruit him as his replacement.

“I told him, ‘I just can’t do it,’” Mead said. “I said, ‘I have an 8-month-old grandson. My family is in California.’”

Nonetheless, he accepted when Clark met with him personally and offered him the job.

Mead said he took the job, “with the blessing of my family” and “an understanding from Jane about how important my family is to me.” Mead said he and his wife, Carole, kept their house in Diamond Bar, California and Mead rented a house from the Clark Foundation, on the edge of Cooperstown.

In that 2019 interview he said he hoped and expected to spend a decade overseeing baseball’s history.

“I love baseball. I just absolutely love it,” he said. “At the end of the day, this job is a privilege.”

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