The Baseball Writers Association of America has stripped ESPN radio host and Miami Herald writer Dan Le Batard of his Hall of Fame vote for life, they announced. He turned his vote over to Deadspin this year, albeit for no compensation.
Max penalty: BBWAA just lifetime banned me from Hall of Fame vote and won't allow me to attend a game as credentialed media for a year.— Dan Le Batard Show (@LeBatardShow) January 9, 2014
Here is the official release from the BBWAA:
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.
Le Batard said he turned his vote over to Deadspin because it will have "more impact than my next 20 years of votes as sanctimony bars the HOF door on the steroid guys."