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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Sporting News supports Dan Le Batard

Will they turn their ballots over to Deadspink?

[Dan] Le Batard is right. Reform is needed. At minimum, a redefinition of what the Hall of Fame should represent to baseball fans.

The fact his vote was turned over to Deadspin misses the point.

The best thing the BBWAA and the Hall can do is announce a plan to turn the vote over to the public or something similar on its own next year.

Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martínez, Jeff Bagwell, Curt Schilling, Bonds, Clemens and Piazza. Give Deadspin’s readers credit, feels like they got it mostly right.

The District Attorney Posted: January 09, 2014 at 08:12 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa, dan le batard, deadspin, hall of fame, media, sporting news

Deadspin: The Angry Things Writers Are Saying About Our Hall of Fame Ballot

I found this comment to be especially rich given the source:

Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe:

“The wildly talented Dan Le Batard of ESPN turns out to be the voter who chose to mock the system by turning over his vote to a website that exists solely for the purpose of embarrassing people.

A lot of hard-working men and women have been involved in this process for 75 years, and like the rest of us, Le Batard was fortunate to be included in the process.

Effecting change from within is difficult. Anonymous betrayal and ridicule is easy. A stand-up guy would have recused himself.”

Shaughnessy makes a living off of trying to embarrass others. His ballot this year was Morris, Schilling, Thomas, Maddux, and Glavine. He had Trammell and Raines on his ballot last year, but dropped them despite having 5 empty spots on his ballot. A stand-up guy would have recused himself if they felt incapable of voting for more than five people on a ten person ballot.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Deadspin: Who should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame

I’m going to guess that the Deadspin ballot ends up being better than 90% of the writer submitted ballots.

To recap, we have purchased a vote from a veteran member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on behalf of the Deadspin readership, which will vote through the polls below. You’re free to vote for or against as many or as few candidates as you wish; the results will be kept hidden for now so as to prevent Hall of Fame officials from cross-checking our results against the ballots they receive and so disqualifying our inside man/woman. Take your time with this. Polls will remain open until 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 29.

Remember: Any candidate who obtains a majority of the vote will make the Deadspin ballot. If more than the ballot-maximum 10 players receive a majority, the 10 with the highest percentages will be chosen.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Deadspin: We’d Like to Buy Your Hall of Fame Vote

Joe Borowski’s best chance for a vote.

AADeuce Posted: November 13, 2013 at 08:51 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: deadspin, hall of fame



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