Posted January 09, 2014

Dan Le Batard Stripped of HoF Voting Privileges after Giving Ballot to Deadspin

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Yesterday it was revealed that ESPN’s Dan Le Batard was the BBWAA member who turned his Hall of Fame vote over to Deadspin, filling in the choices of Deadspin’s readers. The reveal elicited predictable responses from Le Batard’s colleagues and a now a predictable punishment from the BBWAA itself:

The BBWAA Board of Directors has decided to remove Dan Le Batard’s membership for one year, for transferring his Hall of Fame ballot to an entity that has not earned voting status. The punishment is allowed under the organization’s constitution.

In addition, Le Batard will not be allowed to vote on Hall of Fame candidates from this point on.

The BBWAA regards Hall of Fame voting as the ultimate privilege, and any abuse of that privilege is unacceptable.

“The ultimate privilege.” Way to prove Deadspin and Le Batard right about everything, guys.

44 comments
taiwan
taiwan

Seriously, there are lesser worthy voters on the committee and I'd argue that Le Batard isn't the worst among them. At least he didn't waste his ballot by voting only Jack Morris.

Cinti-fan
Cinti-fan

Find it interesting that the roiders went backwards in the vote, while Le Batard threw his tantrum.  

Terry
Terry

Further evidence that baseball is far too self reverential.

I thought no organization took themselves as seriously as the Masters golf tournament.

Lighten up Francis.

ianlinross
ianlinross

That's right LeBatard you have to be of good character to vote for the HOF. Not that watching Marlins game makes you an expert.

BeholdTheWolverine
BeholdTheWolverine

I read the so-called Constitution of the BBWAA and don't see any clause which allows this punishment.  There is nothing in the "purpose" of the organization that relates to the HOF or voting, and Lebetard couldn't possibly have received the 15-day notice

6marK6
6marK6

I think the fact that Dan Lebatard is actually one of the people deciding who enters the Hall of Fame, casts serious credibility problems on the Hall itself. Seriously, why do hack reporters have any say in this matter. Former players and coaches only.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

The BBWAA regards Hall of Fame voting as the ultimate privilege, "

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WOW, I thought the ultimate privilege is playing beside and bowing to lebron or rg3 

cyclops124
cyclops124

Le Batard can spin this as much as he wants, but he, and all of his supporters are protesting that other people do not vote exactly as they vote.  The whole reason for the vote is to solicit everyone's opinion not just a those of a childish, like-mined, few.  Let's just give the vote to Le Batard and all of his followers. 

lenbiz68
lenbiz68

"The BBWAA regards Hall of Fame voting as the ultimate privilege, and any abuse of that privilege is unacceptable."


And yet you let a writer publicly claim he did not vote for Greg Maddux because he knew Maddux would get in...which bastardized the whole process!


All 15 who did not vote for Maddux should be banned as well for abusing their privilege!

justin.m.brill
justin.m.brill

I love how fans are almost unanimously in support of this and how sportswriters are almost unanimously against this.


When that happens, I think, as a sportswriter, you would have to reassess what you think is an appropriate regard within which to hold yourself in respect to society at large, whom you serve.


A sportswriter serves society. Not the other way around.

SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

Banned?  They should build a monument to him.  BBWAA is the biggest joke in this country outside the White House.

eggishorn
eggishorn

I don't get it.  The most elitist, self-important blowhard of an institution in all of sports (minus perhaps FIFA) makes a elitist, self-important blowhard's statement, and LeBatard is the bad guy for having pointed out that they are elitist, self-important blowhards?  On that standard, I suppose Harriet Beecher Stowe was a blowhard for pointing out that there was something a little, teensy bit bad about slavery.

benoldtoys
benoldtoys

Too bad they don't revoke the voters who left a 355 game winning pitcher completely 

off their ballots.  

JasonShaw1
JasonShaw1

Why does anyone care at all, other than the baseball writers whose petty elitism is being threatened?

Taking a poll seems like a reasonable enough way to fill out a ballot. The choices weren't outlandish. Maybe he did it for attention, but so what? Some sportswriter wants attention. Next. I don't get the outrage.

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

Who knows if his actions may have cost Craig Biggio a HOF nod? His actions were very unprofessional and he deserved to have his privileges revoked. 

positivewins
positivewins

The punishment would mean more if Le Batard cared about the BBWAA.

brandon0206
brandon0206

Le Batard is just an attention seeking blowhard like Skip Bayless. Anything to stir the pot and get people talking about you instead of the athletes. 

fred j
fred j

From the Mike Leach sham story to this clownish behavior.....ESPN's standard of professionalism is really a wonder to behold, isn't it?

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

"They're each outstanding in their own way." One of my favorite b.s. lines from the movies. As for Le Batard, you knew that was coming. He's such an arrogant little twit. 

Terry
Terry

@lenbiz68 

If that's  the case, then why vote at all.

Voting in lockstep on both sides has brought this country to paralysis.

If I'm not allowed to offer my opinion, which may differ from yours, then the process is indeed the farce it appears to be.

TheSconnieNation
TheSconnieNation

@justin.m.brill I love how many reporters claim that fans don't know enough about the game to vote, when most reporters never even played the game and only have an outsiders view.  

coolerthanyou4
coolerthanyou4

@SteveRowFla  Awww, poor baby, your candidate didn't win again. Go back to bed and keep sucking your thumb and wait for the next election.

Terry
Terry

@eggishorn 

I'm afraid that reference is lost on most of these people. It's not their fault.

Their school boards have banned her work from school libraries.


JasonShaw1
JasonShaw1

@eggishorn Oh you went there! Now let's bring in the Nazis and the point will have been truly made.

Marsh the Great
Marsh the Great

@benoldtoysOh, you mean the one who needed banned supplements to keep his velocity up because he couldn't cope with getting older like, I dunno, EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE WORLD does? That guy? Screw that guy.

BNick
BNick

@doublejtrain68 What?  1)  Biggio lost by two votes.  2)  LeBatard's ballot voted for Biggio.

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

@brandon0206I dunno...the writer that opted to not vote for Greg Maddux and then announce that he didn't seems a bit more blowhard-y.

ErikFabregat
ErikFabregat

@RickapolisHe readily admitted publicly that he knew it was coming so what's your point? It was a premeditated move that has gained him a ton of publicity but why does that fact preclude that he did it because it was also something he believed in? He put his money where his mouth is, something most of us rarely do from the safety and anonymity of our keyboards. I salute the guy.

ecp_unix
ecp_unix

@Marsh the Great@benoldtoysI do not like that guy even a little bit, but he was a Hall of Famer WAY before he used supplements. So was the guy with the big head and home runs.

ErikFabregat
ErikFabregat

@BNick@doublejtrain68Watcha got Deuce Train now that your entire argument lies like a lifeless heap before your feet. LeBatard's was an audacious move aimed at upsetting the ivory tower nimrods that run baseball and its auxiliaries who treat their game as if it comes from on high.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@ecp_unix @Marsh the Great @benoldtoys Other than the testimony of people who administered those drugs directly to their body.


If you seriously don't think that issue has been settled then you're too naive to go any where without adult supervision, and that's putting it nicely. 


I'd love to have you on a jury though if I ever decided to murder some one.  "Guys, yes, the cops found him with the gun in his hand standing over the dying victim, and witnesses saw and heard them arguing, and saw the accused pointing a gun at him literally 10 seconds before the shooting, but there's no proof he committed murder.."