BBWAA vice president let fans help him vote on the Hall of Fame years before Dan Le Batard

The BBWAA has a lot of explaining to do. They punished Le Batard for “transferring” his vote to people who were not qualified, but it’s not like fans turned in the vote. Le Batard still had to fill in the vote and turn it in. Does it matter how he came to the conclusion he came to his votes? If it did matter, then we have a lot to explain about voters who have personal agendas that continue to have the right to vote.

For The Win

On Wednesday, it was revealed that ESPN’s Dan Le Batard had turned his Baseball Hall of Fame vote over to Deadspin to allow the site’s readers to fill out his ballot. He was subsequently stripped of his Hall of Fame vote “for transferring his Hall of Fame ballot to an entity that has not earned voting status.” This was pretty much the expected result for Le Batard.

However, further review reveals that Le Batard wasn’t the first writer to get a little outside help with his ballot. It turns out that BBWAA vice president Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle has crowd-sourced his ballot for years, in a very public manner.

In 2007, Ortiz posted on his blog inviting readers to join him at a Mexican restaurant to help him fill out his ballot:

“I hope you come join me and a group of baseball fans to discuss the…

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The Indians’ decision to demote Chief Wahoo is a mistake

The Indians aren’t changing their uniforms. It’s just that you’ll see the block C a lot more than Chief Wahoo from now on.

If you haven’t heard the news, the Cleveland Indians have demoted Chief Wahoo. No, that doesn’t mean they are phasing him out (although it appears that way) but rather Chief Wahoo will no longer be the team’s primary logo. Instead, the block C will be the team’s primary. Chief Wahoo will still be seen on the team caps and uniforms, but the block C is the logo you will see prominently.

Now, I understand that the team name itself isn’t very great now in our politically correct world and I agree with it. And the logo is offensive to some. The decision to phase out the logo is a little disappointing since it’s a great logo in terms of design. And it’s somewhat iconic with the franchise and pop culture. However, adding the boring block C as a primary logo doesn’t excite me.

But here’s the real problem. The rest of the country wants Wahoo gone. However, the fans of the Indians in Cleveland love the Indians. I attended an Indians game in Cleveland a couple years and I could not believe how many of the fans enjoyed wearing Wahoo. In fact, one fan even told me that she is all about Wahoo as part of the team identity.

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