Baseball Writers Association Revokes Dan Le Batard's Hall Of Fame Vote
January 9, 2014 at 1:14 PM (PT)
The BASEBALL WRITERS' ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA has banned ESPN RADIO and LINCOLN FINANCIAL MEDIA Sports WAXY-A-F (FM 104.3 AND AM 790 THE TICKET)/MIAMI host and MIAMI HERALD columnist DAN LE BATARD from voting for BASEBALL HALL OF FAME candidates and has barred him from attending games as credentialed press for one year for his handing over his vote this year to the sports website DEADSPIN (NET NEWS 1/8). The BBWAA called voting "the ultimate privilege" and LE BATARD's use of the vote "unacceptable."
LE BATARD, who said MONDAY that he let DEADSPIN readers choose who would get his votes because he felt his vote had "gotten pretty worthless in the avalanche of sanctimony that has swallowed it" (regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs) and as a protest over who gets to vote, predicted on his ESPN 2 TV show "HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE" that he would have his voting privileges revoked, calling the writers' group "sanctimonious." "I am part fugitive, fart... er, part pariah," LE BATARD joked at the beginning of his national radio show TODAY (1/9).