ESPN TV host Dan Le Batard has cast his last vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
On Thursday, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America banned Le Batard, who also writes for the Miami Herald and does radio work, from ever voting for the Hall of Fame after he gave his ballot to a popular sports gossip website. He was also suspended from the BBWAA for a year, meaning he cannot attend a MLB game as a credentialed member of the media during that time.
“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 BBWAA said in a statement. “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 was punished for giving — he insisted he did not sell it — his Hall of Fame ballot to Deadspin, which was apparently done to reveal a broken voting system. The website then allowed its users to determine which players would get the vote to be inducted in 2014.
The Le Batard/Deadspin ballot had votes for Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martínez, Jeff Bagwell, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Curt Schilling.
Maddux, Thomas and Glavine received enough votes to be inducted into Cooperstown next summer.