A day after the Dan Le Batard/Deadspin Hall of Fame ballot fiasco, the Baseball Writers' Association of America has now issued an official statement and announced Le Batard's punishment for turning his ballot over to Deadspin readers.
Le Batard — a sports columnist at the Miami Herald and an ESPN personality — will be permanently stripped of his Hall of Fame vote and have his membership suspended for one year. Here's the full statement from BBWAA president La Velle E. Neal III:
The BBWAA Board of Directors has decided to remove Dan Le Batard’s 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 organization’s 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.
This isn't a huge surprise. Le Batard said he expected to lose his Hall of Fame privilege when he was revealed as the voter who gave his ballot to Deadspin. Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, Le Batard said he'd do the whole thing differently if given another chance.
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