Posted January 08, 2014

Dan Le Batard Revealed as Baseball HoF Voter Who Gave Deadspin His Ballot

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2004 National Baseball Hall of Fame Weekend -  Induction Ceremonies - July 25, 2004

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Now that the Baseball Hall of Vote inductees have been announced, the real secret can be revealed: which writer handed over his vote to Deadspin to let its readers decide?

Deadspin unmasked the identity of said journalist on Wednesday, and it’s none other than longtime Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard. The results of the ballot, as chosen by Deadspin readers, can also be seen here.

Le Batard, who wanted to make clear that he received nothing in return for handing over his ballot to Deadspin, explained his reasoning behind the move:

I don’t think I’m any more qualified to determine who is Hall of Fame-worthy than a fan who cares about and really knows baseball. In fact, many people analyzing baseball with advanced metrics outside of mainstream media are doing a better job than mainstream media, and have taught us some things in recent years when we were behind. In other words, just because we went to journalism school and covered a few games, just because accepted outlets gave us their platform and power, I don’t think we should have the pulpit to ourselves in 2014 that way we did in 1936.

There’s more to the explanation and it’s worth reading over on the Deadspin post.

Now let’s just sit back and watch the backbiting subtweets roll in:

10 comments
Rickapolis
Rickapolis

This is terrible. Le Batard is threatening the integrity of baseball.




Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Joe R2
Joe R2

The baseball HOF is a joke.... And so are all the writers that are upset with Le Batard.  Speaking of jokes, anyone seen Le Batard's show?  That is by far the worst show on ESPN, which is saying A LOT!

William27
William27

its the end of the world as we know it

Jesus Hitler
Jesus Hitler

Yeah Heyman's gonna have a bad day.  Bad mouthing a colleague is dangerous turf, particularly when you don't spell things properly.  I'm sure he and Le Betard know each other and now get to share some awkward moments.

lyman.brown
lyman.brown

Good job, Mr. Le Batard. Thank you for helping to expose the hall of fame as the self-important, sanctimonious, overwrought farce that it is.

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

Shame on you Jon Heyman: santimonious isn't a word.

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

@LeeDanielI see we caught that simultaneously or as Jon Heyman might put: simltaneously.