On Le Batard, Neal and the Privilege of Voting

On Wednesday, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that three players – Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas – had been elected. Evidently it’s a good year for guys with ‘Thomas’ somewhere in their names. They’ll join managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre in the Class of 2014.

On Wednesday, semi-serious sports site Deadspin.com also announced the name of the writer who’d surrendered his Hall of Fame ballot to Deadspin readers. That writer is Dan Le Batard, ESPN contributor and columnist for the Miami Herald.

On Thursday, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced that Le Batard’s membership would be suspended for one year and that he would not be allowed to vote in future Hall of Fame elections.

I can’t say I’m surprised by this news, but I am exceptionally disappointed.


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