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Deadspin is trying to buy a Hall of Fame vote. It’s a fantastic idea.

Nov 13, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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Viva chaos: Deadspin is trying to buy a Hall of Fame vote from someone.

After correctly observing how screwed up and ridiculous the spectacle of watching people moralize and over-think come Hall of Fame vote time is, Tim Marchman lays out his plan:

The sensible thing to do would be to just stop paying attention to this raging trash fire, but we don’t think that’s enough. We’re going to seize some small, symbolic bit of power and turn it over to the public. We’re going to buy a Hall of Fame vote.

If you’re a 1o-year member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, we want to give you cash in exchange for allowing Deadspin’s readers to fill out your ballot. We’re not entirely sure what the market value of a vote is, so we’d like you to contact us—at marchman@deadspin.com, or in the comments below—and name a price, so that we can start negotiations.

I think it’s a hoot. Sure, it’s corrupt, but it’s no more corrupting to the process than it is to have people who have never covered baseball — or who haven’t covered baseball since the 70s or whatever — voting on Hall of Fame candidates. It’s no more unseemly than the appalling game of character assassination that Hall of Fame voters have engaged in in recent years when it comes to guys who they suspect of PED use, but either can’t or won’t tell us why. Or can’t make a coherent case for why it matters.

But most of all it’s fun. And fun is one thing the actual, un-bought-and-paid-for Hall of Fame voters have taken out of the process in recent years. They’ve done so by talking down to baseball fans and claiming that what we thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated on the baseball field was, in reality, horrible. By acting as if their task in filling out a ballot is some awful dark night of the soul. About how how utterly serious it is and how they wish they didn’t have to make such hard choices. Well, don’t. Take $150 form Deadspin and let people who actually like sports vote on the thing.

Or write a column about how Deadspin’s offer is obscene and a disgrace to journalism. That will be just as fun, actually. Indeed, now that I think about it, I’d rather see that.

  1. The Common Man - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    “Or write a column about how Deadspin’s offer is obscene and a disgrace to journalism. That will be just as fun, actually. Indeed, now that I think about it, I’d rather see that.”

    Working on it.

    • davidpom50 - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      I’m very much looking forward to your take on this. Saw some of it on Twitter, would like to see it fleshed out past 140 characters.

  2. braddavery - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    People take this HOF stuff WAY too seriously.

    • thebadguyswon - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      Yeah they do. The whole thing completely jumped the shark after Pete Rose.

      Sorry, but if Rose and Bonds aren’t in the Hall, its a total joke.

  3. bsbiz - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    As a die-hard entropist, I wholeheartedly support this effort.

  4. sdelmonte - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Funny how every so often Deadspin really, really gets it right.

  5. chrisernst82 - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    As a diehard baseball fan I think the current form of entry to the hall is a disgrace. Go for it Deadspin, let the fans have a vote. Its our freaking league anyway, its our money that pays those insane salaries. And our tax money that builds the stadiums!

  6. Jacob Rasch - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Deadspin is absolutely right about this. The writers have become so sanctimonious about the “morals” of the Hall of Fame it’s made the entire experience a chore. I wrote a little more about this on my blog, and would love for the loyal readers of HardballTalk to check it out! http://seriousjammage.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/big-issues-in-baseball-the-false-morality-play-of-the-hall-of-fame/

  7. happytwinsfan - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    it seems to me, that for better or worse, the hall of fame is fading in importance in the same way the all star game has. the reverential enthrallment that fans used to have that the hall depends on and trys to nurture is being washed away by, i don’t know, something.

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