After Dan Le Batard revealed that he had given his Baseball Hall of Fame ballot to Deadspin for fans to vote on, neither of his employers, ESPN or the Miami Herald, took action, but now the Baseball Writers Association of America has come down hard. They've suspended Le Batard and banned him from ever voting for the Hall of Fame again.
Here's their statement:
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.
Le Batard predicted a similar fate yesterday on his ESPN2 show.
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"I probably won't have [a vote] next year because I gave mine to Deadspin," he said, "because I don't like how they do business over there at the Hall of Fame, where they're sitting there and they're being sanctimonious and they're keeping all the steroid guys out."
The Herald, by the way, doesn't have another writer who is eligible to vote for the HOF.