Today, it was revealed that the long unknown writer who Deadspin procured a Baseball Hall of Fame ballot from was from Miami Herald and ESPN host, Dan LeBatard.
It will be controversial and LeBatard will surely be crushed by his peers – who take the vote seriously enough to be outraged but not serious enough to fill out proper ballots – but should be seen as a person who helped shed a bit of light on a broken process. Continue reading
For the second time, Andy Pettitte has decided to call it a career, at a Friday press conference announcing his retirement.
He will retire as the all-time leader in postseason wins (19), along with a firm place as one of the greatest starting pitchers in the long history of the New York Yankees. Continue reading
Today, flawed people judged other flawed people. Mistaken people judged other mistaken people. The greedy judged the greedy.
Judges generally have nothing at stake other than their reputation, which can easily be forgotten when the next case comes through. The judged are the ones who have to live with the consequences.
The Baseball Writers of America decided today that swift justice, no matter who got stuck in the crosswind, was acceptable when voting who would not make the Hall of Fame – and that was every player eligible for induction.
At 2 PM today, Baseball Writers will be setting a standard for who during the “Steroid Era” can be considered a Hall of Famer and who cannot.
What this standard is, exactly, nobody seems to know. Continue reading
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