Will Dan LeBatard of the Miami Herald/ESPN be penalized for selling giving his Hall of Fame vote to Deadspin. Should he be?
LaVelle Neal, a Minnesota Twins beat writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the current president of the Baseball Writers Association of America, fielded that question in an interview earlier today (click here to view the video). Neal said that the BBWAA board is “examining their options” with regards to LeBatard’s decision and that they have had “substantive discussions” about possible disciplinary action.
The question is this: what can they do besides try to take his vote away? FanSided’s Phil Daniels wrote earlier today that the BBWAA cannot do that anyway, presuming they follow their own rules. If not that, then what? A suspension from voting? That hardly seems effective since LeBatard already chose not to vote this year.
Will this actually create a situation where the BBWAA overhauls the criteria for their card-carrying members and ensures that they are actual baseball writers? Will they actually reach so far as to take LeBatard’s vote away.
Most likely BBWAA will just wag their finger at LeBatard and Deadspin and try to lay the groundwork so that this does not happen in the future. If it is addressed, hopefully this “stunt” is only one of a number of things they address about the voting process.