MLB journalist given lifetime ban after voting controversy

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The Baseball Writer's Association has handed a lifetime ban to sportswriter Dan Le Batard following controversy regarding his Baseball Hall of Fame vote.

Le Batard handed his vote to the website Deadspin saying: "I feel like my vote has gotten pretty worthless in the avalanche of sanctimony that has swallowed it."

It was revealed that his card was filled in by some lucky readers from Deadspin chose Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine, who were eventually elected in to the hall of fame. But they also chose Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Jeff Bagwell, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Curt Schilling.

According to the rules, outlined on their official website, only members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, who have been active baseball writers for at least 10 years, are eligible to vote players in to the Hall of Fame.

Needless to say, Le Batard's actions were an obvious breach of these rules.

It's another blow for Baseball's Hall of Fame, who have already been criticised for the amount of seemingly under qualified writers eligible to vote.

Speaking on Twitter, Le Batard said: "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."

Later tweeting: "Correction: I can be credentialed but can't vote on awards and my card revoked for constitutional max of one year."

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