“I hate all the moralizing we do in sports in general, but I especially hate the hypocrisy in this: Many of the gatekeeper voters denying Barry Bonds Hall Of Fame entry would have they themselves taken a magical, healing, not-tested-for-in-their-workplace elixir if it made them better at their jobs, especially if lesser talents were getting the glory and money. Lord knows I’d take the elixir for our ESPN2 TV show if I could.”
Miami Herald columnist Dan LeBatard reveals why he sold* his HOF ballot to Deadspin.
*It was a marketing spin. LeBatard did not accept anything from Deadspin. He just handed it off. He’s happy and relieved that Deadspin’s readers didn’t have him go vote for Jacques Jones.
His ballot has gotten worthless, he writes, because of the sanctimony that’s invaded the voting process.
He received 74.8%
Two votes, just two votes.
Tom Seaver received 425 out of 430 Hall of Fame votes — 97.8% of the ballots — the highest percentage of votes ever.
Ray Lewis has told his teammates that he will retire at the end of the season. Already can’t wait to hear Ray Lewis’ Hall of Fame speech.