Costas: No HOF Vote For Fans Because "They Vote For Their Favorites"

NBC's Bob Costas argued against fans having a say in the Hall of Fame election process today on Dan Le Batard's radio show, claiming were they to be provided enfranchisement they'd "vote for their favorites," something actual BBWAA members have never, ever done. After all, you can't have famous people in a Hall of… »1/09/14 4:48pm1/09/14 4:48pm

Revealed: The Hall Of Fame Voter Who Turned His Ballot Over To Deadspin

Now that the Baseball Writers' Association of America has announced the results of this year's Hall of Fame election—Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas made it—it's time for us to reveal, as promised, the Deadspin ballot, as well as the voter who joined us in making a farce and mockery of the increasingly… »1/08/14 2:18pm1/08/14 2:18pm

Deadspin Loses One Hall Of Fame Vote, But Gains Another

Recently, as you know, we announced that we had purchased a Hall of Fame ballot from a veteran baseball writer, with the intention of turning it over to Deadspin readers. The idea was to give a bit of power to ordinary baseball fans, and to draw attention to the increasing absurdity of the Hall of Fame process, which… »12/23/13 2:15pm12/23/13 2:15pm

Hall Of Fame Voters Are Pickier Than They've Ever Been

Dave Cameron at FanGraphs has discovered something fascinating. Breaking down the number of men to play in the major leagues and the number of Hall of Famers by their birth year, he found that HOF electors have been remarkably consistent in the percentage of players they elect—roughly one percent to two percent of… »12/19/13 3:36pm12/19/13 3:36pm

Having A Hall Of Fame Vote Turned Me Into A Monster

I clicked open the post and prepared to cast my vote for who makes it onto our Hall of Fame ballot. I figured, there are about 10 no-doubters, 20 no-chance-in-hellers, and a handful of tough calls. I could knock this out in a minute. I scrolled down to see who I'd be voting on, and I halted at the poll for, of all… »12/06/13 2:53pm12/06/13 2:53pm

Deadspin Announces Process By Which Readers Will Vote For Hall Of Fame

When we announced that we had illicitly purchased a Hall of Fame vote from a veteran member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, we made clear that our intention was to turn the ballot over to the public. Starting tomorrow, we'll make good on that promise, but we wanted first to lay out how the process… »12/04/13 6:00pm12/04/13 6:00pm

Deadspin Buys Hall Of Fame Vote, Will Turn It Over To Deadspin Readers

Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of the game's history… »11/26/13 3:21pm11/26/13 3:21pm

Who Was On The Ballots Of The Hall Of Fame Voters Refusing To Go Public?

For just the second time, the Baseball Writers' Association of America has given its voters the option of having their Hall of Fame ballots made public. Of the 569 voters who cast ballots, only 108 chose to reveal who they voted for. (Of course, many more discussed their selections in their own columns—194 of them, … »1/10/13 10:10am1/10/13 10:10am