You can't say the MLB Hall of Fame results this year weren't at least interesting. There was a lot of wild and wacky subplots, but here are the best:
- There was one voter who decided to waste a vote on Armando Benitez. We assume it was for the giggles.
- Craig Biggio, a man who has over 3,000 hits and played three prime positions in his career, fell short by just two votes this time around.
- Ken Gurnick, not wanting to vote for anyone who ever played in the "steroid era," only voted for Jack Morris (a man who pitched alongside suspected PED users). His ballot left off guys like, you know, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine. Oh, yeah, it was also missing Craig Biggio.
The big one, of course, was the news that Deadspin's mystery vote was procured from ESPN's Dan Le Batard. What we found is the only thing sillier than giving away your vote is the outrage that follows when you do so.
We have writers who chose not to vote at all and others who decided to make their own statement by patently dismissing an entire era of players, which as we previously stated wasn't quite extensive.
Well, Le Batard is now banned for life from voting thanks to his seemingly frivolous act. The reason is that the Deadspin voters weren't given the vote, Le Batard was.
Deadspin's Tim Marchman would like to inform you that BBWAA vice president Jose de Jesus Ortiz reportedly allows his colleagues to give him the names he should vote for.
Marchman spoke with a source who divulged, "He gathers about 6-8 people over a lunch or dinner, they talk about the players, then he votes by how the majority tells him to vote re: each player. I was part of the panel one year."
Perhaps Le Batard should have just invited everyone to lunch.