The Baseball Writers Association of America has stripped Dan Le Batard of his Hall of Fame vote for life and banned the Miami Herald columnist from ballparks for a year for giving up his Hall vote to Deadspin.com readers.
Le Batard shared the news via Twitter.
Max penalty: BBWAA just lifetime banned me from Hall of Fame vote and won't allow me to attend a game as credentialed media for a year.— Dan Le Batard Show (@LeBatardShow) January 9, 2014
The BBWAA released a statement following the outrage over Le Batard's actions:
"The BBWAA Board of Directors has decided to remove Dan Le Batardís membership for one year, for transferring his Hall of Fame ballot to an entity that has not earned voting status. The punishment is allowed under the organizationís 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."
The statement was signed by BBWAA president LaVelle E. Neal III.
Le Batard had explained his reasoning for giving up his vote to Deadspin, writing that "I feel like my vote has gotten pretty worthless in the avalanche of sanctimony that has swallowed it."
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