Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Deadspin buys 2014 Hall of Fame vote, turns to readers for input


On Tuesday, the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was revealed by the BBWAA. Shortly after the ballot was made public, Deadspin.com announced their plan to "make a mockery and farce" of the voting process, by allegedly buying a vote from an unnamed BBWAA member. Their plan is to crowdsource the vote via readers and the unnamed BBWAA member will then cast the official ballot on the people's behalf.

Well, with the Baseball Writers' Association of America having released its official ballot today, we can happily announce that we have a vote. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America thought our plan sounded like a pretty damn good idea and sold us his/her vote, making a stand against the idea that a somewhat random subsection of the baseball press should maintain the power to confer what is, regrettably, the game's most prestigious honor. For obvious reasons, the voter will remain anonymous for now, but he/she will be filling out his/her ballot on behalf of Deadspin readers, who will be polled in binding elections. The voter will announce his/her name and motivations once his/her vote has been officially cast.

The Hall of Fame voting results are slated to be announced on Jan. 8. So, Deadspin should be conducting their polling process and unveiling their results relatively soon.

In the meantime, the situation doesn't look good for the BBWAA, who has yet to address the situation publicly. Will they launch an investigation into the matter? Or will they simply sit back and see how this all unfolds? It's going to be interesting to to see how to plays out.

Via Eye on Baseball 

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