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Dan Le Batard Banned From Voting for Baseball Hall of Fame for Life

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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.

See also: Dan Le Batard Gave His Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot to Deadspin

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.

"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.

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21 comments
CheckpointCharlie73
CheckpointCharlie73

LeBastardo is a total douche. His pathetic ESPN show with his retarded father and singing buddies is an embarassment. He thinks he is cool by being a total ass. Sports is comedy, but he is a very unfunny comedian. Good riddance to LeBastardo. Hopefully ESPN will get rid of him soon too. 

Martin Garcia
Martin Garcia

Shut the hell up Birdo Dalatebluma, u don't know what you're talking about!

Birdo Dalatebluma
Birdo Dalatebluma

Hof is a joke how is it that if you don't get in the first time you can make it 30 yrs later? Did you get better after you retire? Get in the first time or get dismissed that's it

Victor Runciman
Victor Runciman

The Baseball writers are a bunch of Holier than thou Hypocrites!

Pablo Sanchez
Pablo Sanchez

Fuck baseball , fuck it in its tiny ass. MLB has been a joke for quite some time so fuck it all!!

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

The only thing i would suggest, instead of 15 years as long as you get 5% you are still eligible, I would suggest something like 10 years as long you get 25% for the first 5 years then 10% each year for the next five. Also if you get convicted of a Felony, you shouldnt be in the Hall of Fame.

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

Perfect system? No, But a joke? that's a bit Harsh

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

How is the process a Joke? both Glavine and Maddux got in!

Steve Germond
Steve Germond

His ballot was solid. Probably should ban the guy who voted for Jacque Jones.

Daniel 'Spidey' Rivera
Daniel 'Spidey' Rivera

He doesn't care if he gets banned or not, he didn't want the vote anyways lol... it really doesn't matter to him...

Carlos Caycedo
Carlos Caycedo

lebatard is a douche. Pepe Billete handed him his ass a few months ago over a bs twitter war.

Jimmy Dempsey
Jimmy Dempsey

Plus he shouldn't get banned. Its his vote and he can do what he wants with it.... You might not agree but he can do what he wants with it..

Jimmy Dempsey
Jimmy Dempsey

so happy he did this. the voting process for the HOF is a joke. I love that he did this. The vote was probably still better and more qualified then the 16 guys that didn't vote for Greg Maddux (350 wins and 16 guys didn't vote for him). A JOKE. Thanks Le Betard.

markee67
markee67

What statement, that he is an attention seeking douche.  He wanted everyone to talk about him, and they did.  He's happy, and nothing has or will change.  Congrats to him from taking attention away from the 3 deserving new members who were elected.

CheckpointCharlie73
CheckpointCharlie73

@markee67 You got it. LeBastard is a total douche. He is always undermining others, who work hard to succeed. He is the little dickless fukk who stands up to complain about the obvious, and misses the point about what matters. Good people are in the HOF. Some are not. That's Life. Man Up!

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