Sports gossip website Deadspin says it has bought a vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Deadspin, looking to “make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of the game’s history and turn it over to the public,” announced Tuesday on its site that it has “bought” a vote from an unnamed member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The announcement coincided with the BBWAA’s release of the official ballot for 2014 induction into the Hall of Fame.
Deadspin says it will allow its users to cast votes for who should be inducted and the BBWAA member will fill out the ballot based on those results.
“A member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America thought our plan sounded like a pretty damn good idea and sold us his/her vote, making a stand against the idea that a somewhat random subsection of the baseball press should maintain the power to confer what is, regrettably, the game’s most prestigious honour,” the Deadspin story said.
More than 600 members of the BBWAA are eligible to vote.
Frank Thomas and Jeff Kent are among the position players and pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Eric Gagne are among the pitchers who are on the ballot for the first time this year. Holdovers Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza and Tim Raines are also on the ballot.
Frank Thomas and Jeff Kent are the position players and pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Eric Gagne are the pitchers on the ballot for the first time this year.
Holdovers Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Larry Walker, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling are also on the ballot.