Writer who gave Hall of Fame ballot to deadspin gets vote taken away

January 10, 2014 4:46:52 AM PST
Dan LeBatard has been kicked out of the Baseball Writers' Association of America for one year and barred from future Hall of Fame votes after the Miami Herald columnist turned over his 2014 ballot to a website that allowed readers to choose the selections.

The decision was made Thursday by the BBWAA board of directors, a day after Le Batard said he let deadspin.com cast his ballot.

The BBWAA said in a statement that it "regards Hall of Fame voting as the ultimate privilege, and any abuse of that privilege is unacceptable."