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So, the person who voted for Armando Benitez is allowed to vote again, right?

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So, the person who voted for Armando Benitez is allowed to vote again, right?

Posted on 10 January 2014 by Drew Forrester

Let me get this straight.

Dan Le Batard filed a ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame that contained ten legitimate names for enshrinement and yet, in the aftermath, had his right to vote in the future stripped away by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).

But one BBWAA member voted for Armando Benitez and somehow that person is allowed to vote again next year?

Sure, that makes sense.

The issue, of course, is that Le Batard essentially “gave” his vote to readers of the sports website Deadspin, who then used an on-line balloting effort to determine the names they would pass on to Le Batard.  Had Deadspin not bragged about the deal they struck, none of this would have mattered once Le Batard sent in his ballot, for it contained ten legitimate names.  But, to make their point, Deadspin had to brag about having a BBWAA member farm out their ballot to a renegade website and their readers.

It would have been very interesting had the names forwarded to Le Batard been the likes of Ray Durham (undeserving) or Armando Benitez (undeserving).  What, then, would he have done?  Would he have followed through on his obligation and sent the ballot to Cooperstown, with his signature at the bottom, knowing full well the Deadspin readers had, in fact, made a mockery of the selection process.  Le Batard said yesterday he wasn’t sure what he would have done if that would have occurred and I believe him on that note.

That said, the ten names given to Le Batard were legitimate.  Guys like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Craig Biggio, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine were on the ballot given to him by the Deadspin contributors.

Yet, for playing along with the Deadspin game, Le Batard was suspended from the BBWAA for a year and will no longer be allowed to vote for future Hall of Famers.

That, honestly, could be a fair punishment for Le Batard.  Even though he didn’t take money for his shenanigans with Deadspin, Le Batard knew there would be outcry if or when it surfaced he was the goof who eschewed his right to vote for one of sports most important honors and handed it over to the great unwashed who read and follow Deadspin.

But — what about the clown who voted for Armando Benitez?

Who did that?

And why on earth wouldn’t the BBWAA take away his or her right to vote on future ballots?

I mean, seriously…you can go into the whole “Well, you have the right to vote for anyone you want” but if you vote for Armando Benitez, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote again.  Ever.

At least the people who read Deadspin knew enough about baseball to vote for REAL candidates.

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Football picks for the weekend –

I almost hope I’m wrong with these so I don’t have to deal with people (*cough*, BK, *cough*) who get upset when I brag about getting the winners right.  Yes, that’s what it’s come to, I suppose.  I’d almost rather be wrong than have to hear from these people who can’t take a joke.

Anyway…

New England beats Indianapolis 27-20

San Francisco beats Carolina 24-13

San Diego beats Denver, 30-28***

Seattle beats New Orleans 23-20

 

*** I originally picked Denver, but as most of you know, San Diego was the team the Eagles hosted in their home opener back in September.  Why is that important?  Because for the last four years, the team the Eagles played in their home opener went on to win the Super Bowl.  Weird, right?  Very much so…

So, San Diego wins this game because, well, because they’re the team that played the Eagles back in September.

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Former Orioles Mussina, Benitez, Palmeiro, Sosa on HOF ballot

Posted on 27 November 2013 by WNST Staff

(Cooperstown, NY) – Pitchers who won a combined seven Cy Young Awards and position players who totaled three Most Valuable Player Awards are among 19 new candidates on the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot that is being mailed this week to more than 600 voting members of the BBWAA.

Pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Eric Gagne, first baseman-designated hitter Frank Thomas and second baseman Jeff Kent join 17 holdovers from the 2013 balloting that failed to produce a winning candidate for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., for the first time since 1996.

Craig Biggio, who totaled 3,060 hits and was a seven-time All-Star while playing three positions (catcher, second base, outfield), topped the 2014 ballot with 388 votes – 39 shy of the 427 required for election. His total reflected 68.2 percent of the electorate, which consists of BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of Major League Baseball coverage.

Players must be named on 75 percent of the ballots cast to earn election. Other players named on more than half the ballots were pitcher Jack Morris (67.7 percent), first baseman Jeff Bagwell (59.6), catcher Mike Piazza (57.8) and outfielder Tim Raines (52.2). Players may remain on the ballot for up to 15 years provided they receive five percent of the vote in any year. This is the 15th and final year of eligibility for Morris.

Maddux won four consecutive National League Cy Young Awards from 1992-95 and a record 18 Gold Glove Awards in a 23-season career in which he compiled a 355-227 record with a 3.16 earned run average and 3,371 strikeouts in 5,008 1/3 innings combined for the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. The righthander led the NL in ERA four times and won at least 15 games for 17 straight seasons, another record.

Glavine, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner (1991 and ’98) and 10-time All-Star, was 305-203 with a 3.54 ERA over 22 seasons combined with the Braves and New York Mets. The lefthander was a five-time 20-game winner and won four Silver Slugger Awards. Gagne had 55 saves and a 1.20 ERA in 77 appearances with the Dodgers in his Cy Young Award season.

Thomas, who won consecutive American League MVP Awards with the Chicago White Sox in 1993 and ’94 and placed in the top three in the voting five times overall, finished his 19-year career with 2,468 hits, including 521 home runs. He drove in 1,704 runs, scored 1,494 and had more walks (1,667) than strikeouts (1,397).

Jeff Kent, the NL MVP in 2000 with the San Francisco Giants, also played for the Mets, Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros in a 17-season career during which he slammed 377 home runs, 351 of which were as a second baseman, a major league record. The five-time All-Star had at least 20 homers and 100 RBI in eight seasons, the most by any second baseman in major-league history.

Hideo Nomo, the 1995 NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year winner and the owner of two no-hitters; and two World Series heroes, outfielders Moises Alou (1997 Florida Marlins) and Luis Gonzalez (2001 Arizona Diamondbacks), are also on the ballot for the first time. Joining them are righthander Mike Mussina, who had a .638 winning percentage (270-153) over 18 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees; lefthander Kenny Rogers, whose perfect game for the Texas Rangers in 1994 was the highlight of a 20-year career; reliever Armando Benitez, the 2001 Rolaids Relief Man of the Year and first baseman J.T. Snow, a six-time Gold Glove Award winner. Other newcomers are relievers Todd Jones and Mike Timlin, first basemen Sean Casey and Richie Sexson, second baseman Ray Durham, catcher Paul Lo Duca and outfielder Jacque Jones.

Among others returning to the ballot are first basemen Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro; outfielders Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Larry Walker; pitchers Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Lee Smith; shortstop Alan Trammell and third baseman-DH Edgar Martinez.

Writers must return ballots by a Dec. 31 postmark. Votes are counted jointly by BBWAA secretary-treasurer Jack O’Connell and Ernst & Young partner Michael DiLecce. Results will be announced at 2 p.m., EST, Wednesday, January 8, 2014, on MLB Network and the web sites of the Hall of Fame and the BBWAA.

The ballot: Moises Alou, Jeff Bagwell, Armando Benitez, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Sean Casey, Roger Clemens, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Tom Glavine, Luis Gonzalez, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Jeff Kent, Paul Lo Duca, Greg Maddux, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Kenny Rogers, Curt Schilling, Richie Sexson, Lee Smith, J.T. Snow, Sammy Sosa, Frank Thomas, Mike Timlin, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker.

 

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