Le Batard loses Hall of Fame vote, suspended from BBWAA
The sports columnist and TV host made a point by giving up his Hall of Fame ballot to the fans at Deadspin.com. Granted, he likely expected this, but the BBWAA didnât wait long to ban him from future voting.
'Our flawed voting process needs remodeling in a new media world. ...' — Dan Le Batard
Al Diaz / Miami Herald
NEW YORK — Dan Le Batard was kicked out of the Baseball Writers' Association of America for one year and barred from future Hall of Fame votes after he turned over his 2014 ballot to a website that allowed readers to choose the selections.
The decision was made Thursday by the BBWAA board of directors, a day after Le Batard said he let Deadspin.com cast his ballot.
"The BBWAA regards Hall of Fame voting as the ultimate privilege, and any abuse of that privilege is unacceptable," the organization said in a statement.
On Friday, Le Batard said he found a measure of double standard in the BBWAA’s decision.
There's something funny in me protesting the sanctimonious banning of steroid guys -- and then being sanctimoniously banned for it