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You can now help Deadspin cast its bought-and-paid-for Hall of Fame ballot

Dec 26, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

Cooperstown

You’ll recall that, in what I feel is an inspired act of civil disobedience, Deadspin purchased a Hall of Fame vote from a BBWAA member. You can now help them cast that vote.

It’s in the form of a reader poll. Vote for Barry Bonds. Vote for Moises Alou. Vote for whoever you want. The BBWAA member has agreed to vote how Deadspin’s readers decide he or she should.

  1. asimonetti88 - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Voting for the Hall of Fame is so difficult…

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Oh wait, no it isn’t.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 26, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      good thing we have Ken Burns Baseball currently airing on the MLB Network, they cover
      the true Baseball History, everything.
      good job!

  2. bostonboresme - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    This is great. I’ve already sent mine in, we should be the ones casting these votes anyway.

    I’m hoping guys like Maddux, Thomas, and Biggio get in in the first ballot. I don’t want to lose all faith in the real Hall voters. I’m almost there already.

    • raysfan1 - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      Uh, Biggio’s first ballot was last year.

    • stex52 - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Too late for Biggio. He is second ballot. But hopefully he gets in on the second ballot. It was pretty close last year.

    • raysfan1 - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      The poll appears to have already closed.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      what’s the big deal on first ballot, Alomar was denied as well as
      many others last year, this voting is now a popularity vote.

  3. babyfarkmcgeezax - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    PED supporters should just start a new hall of fame for roiders if it’s so important to them to put cheaters in Cooperstown

    • cohnjusack - Dec 26, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Can we transfer Gaylord Perry, Whitey Ford and all the amphetamine users into our hall?

      • Walk - Dec 26, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        I would assume they would be charter members. Hank aaron can chair the veterans committee.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 26, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      PED is a part of baseball, don’t deny it, accept it and we can move on.
      Bud Selig is a foolish old man, he is trying to make people believe baseball
      didn’t and doesn’t have a steroid problem, instead of accepting his participation
      in the steroid era that has blackened baseball he has decided to form relationships
      with convicted criminals whom receives cash payments from MLB.

  4. tigers182 - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    100% of the “bought and paid for” ballot dollars are going to charity.

    I love how elitist media members hate the fact that fans have a voice for a change in the voting.

  5. davidbrentfan - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Write in Billy Ripken and get him in The Hall of Fame! He led the Orioles in BA in 1990!

  6. hughhansen - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Now that ballots are made public, isn’t it going to be obvious who the deadspin voter is after the announcement? Seems like he’d be kicked out for that.

    • Bryz - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Ballots aren’t made public unless the voting party chooses. Deadspin is keeping the vote private so the BBWAA doesn’t compare their results with the received ballots in order to identify and invalidate the rogue voter’s ballot.

    • chadjones27 - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      I’m assuming he doesn’t care

    • largebill - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      With over 600 voting members I expect quite a few will submit ballots matching the Deadspin ballot, if there is any such thing. Deadspin says someone agreed to give them their ballot. However, I’m not naive enough to believe them 100% without proof.

  7. raysfan1 - Dec 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    I will accord extra respect to the first writer who, after their statement that they will not vote for any known or suspected PED use, also states that they should have done more to expose the rampant abuse since they covered baseball in the “steroid era” and thus will decline any nomination for the Ford Frick Award as well.

    • Walk - Dec 26, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      A lot of those voters would have lost their jobs if they reported steroid use. It was more important then for them to keep their job than it was for them to report drug abuse. Initially steroid use was not covered in the collective bargaining agreement but as soon as it was i hold every reporter who says they are withholding their vote because they say they know things we do not and did not report it as guilty or worse than the players who used. The steroid scandal could not have reached as far or lasted as long without apathy on the part of the league and the reporters who covered these teams. Many of those reporters are now voters taking the high road and withholding votes as they try to hold on to their integrity and objectivity that was lost long ago.

      • raysfan1 - Dec 26, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        A significant number of them derided the fellow who pointed out seeing the bottle of androstenedione in McGwire’s locker. The ones who did were not merely apathetic about PEDs, in attacking their colleague they became actively complicit in the situation.

        Regardless, none have any room to speak/write judgmentally about the players of that era, at least without their own mea culpa.

  8. hisgirlgotburrelled - Dec 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    “Vote for Moises Alou”…

    “Should Moises Alou be in the Baseball Hall of Fame? (Poll Closed)”… or not.

    • yahmule - Dec 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      The Hall of Histrionic Hand-Pissers waived the waiting restriction for Moistes.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Dec 26, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        The bottom is from Deadspin, informing the reader the poll is closed. Unless there’s something I’m missing it looks like this post was put up either minutes before Deadspin closed the poll or it was already closed (an update says Dec. 26 is the deadline), and also looks like it first opened 20 days ago.

  9. royalsblues - Dec 26, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    This has been taking place on deadspin for about a month now already. They even posted a really cool profile of each player every couple of days.

  10. disgracedfury - Dec 26, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    If Alomar didn’t get in the first ballot Biggio shouldn’t which is why I’m happy he didn’t make it last year as he truly thought he should be a first ballot.

    Also it’s a shame David Cone didn’t get any love and fell off the ballot so early.He was probably one of the best pitchers of the 90′s and like Morris was great and never appreciated.He never got to play in the easy NL like Maddux and Smoltz did.

  11. 4d3fect - Dec 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    You can now help Deadspin cast its bought-and-paid-for Hall of Fame ballot

    -oh, Deadspin needs “help” ?

  12. marshallnbrown - Dec 27, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    Who seriously thinks Babe Ruth or, for sure, Ty Cobb would not have used PED had they been available. And what percentage of Hall members used speed to produce some of the batting numbers and defensive gems they did. Shouldn’t they be excluded. Oh wait. There’re no dirty test results. Ditto for Bonds. His numbers (post alleged PED use, when, by the by, they were not against the rules) were still the best of the best/worst. His hand-eye coordination was second to none, perhaps forever. His plate discipline was extraordinary. Finally, his accomplishments before PED very well may have gained him entry. BBWA needs to get off its sanctimonious ass.

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