Journalist stripped of Hall vote after
giving away ballot
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[January 10, 2014]
NEW YORK (Reuters) — A veteran
journalist was stripped of his Baseball Hall of Fame voting privileges
after giving his ballot to an offbeat sports website, the Baseball
Writers' Association of America said on Thursday.
ESPN Radio host Dan Le Batard said that, as a form of protest over
the voting process, he turned the ballot over to Deadspin, which
polled its readers to fill out the ballot.
The BBWAA said Le Batard's membership, earned from his previous
years as a Miami Herald columnist, was being suspended for one year
and that he would no longer be allowed to vote on Hall of Fame
"The BBWAA regards Hall of Fame voting as the ultimate privilege,
and any abuse of that privilege is unacceptable," the writers'
organization said in a statement.
Le Batard, who said he was not getting paid by Deadspin for his
vote, wrote on the website that he felt as though his vote had been
devalued in the face of voting attitudes.
"I feel like my vote has gotten pretty worthless in the avalanche of
sanctimony that has swallowed it," Le Batard wrote.
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Le Batard said he was disturbed by "all the moralizing we do
in sports in general," especially given the shunning of baseball
greats such as seven-time MVP Barry Bonds and seven-time Cy
Young winner Roger Clemens, who have been linked to steroids.
His ballot did not affect any Hall of Fame candidate's election
bid in the balloting by BBWAA members with at least 10 years of
(Reporting by Larry Fine; editing by Frank Pingue)
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