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BBWAA Punishes Le Batard

The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) looks the other way when Hall of Fame voters mail in blank ballots or haven’t covered the game in years. It took no more than 24 hours for the organization to permanently yank the Cooperstown voting privileges of Miami Herald columnist and ESPN2 on-air personality Dan Le Batard, following his revelation that Deadspin readers had filled out his ballot for him. The BBWAA also revoked his membership for one year.

Craig Calcaterra of NBC’s Hardball Talk responded:

I imagine to the extent there was any delay at all it was to parse the difference between LeBatard’s “transferring his Hall of Fame ballot to an entity that has not earned voting status” and the tomfoolery with which many other voters, who remain in good standing, have approached their own Hall of Fame votes. Good way to thread that needle, BBWAA.

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Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.