Voting For A Hall Of Fame Isn't That Hard

In between swilling citrusy beers and fetching Gatorade for Steve Young, the ever-lofty Peter King took a moment this week to write about his super duper favorite sport... BASEBALL! What, you thought his favorite sport was football? PLEASE. Behind baseball and eight grade girl's softball and keeping the Acela quiet… » 1/13/14 11:36am 1/13/14 11:36am

Baseball Writers To Baseball Fans: Fuck You

When we started in on our project of making a farce and mockery of baseball's annual Hall of Fame election by buying a vote from a veteran baseball writer and then turning it over to the public, we had two principal aims. One was to draw attention to the way an increasingly ridiculous election process has diminished… » 1/09/14 6:42pm 1/09/14 6:42pm

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 4:48pm 1/09/14 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 2:18pm 1/08/14 2:18pm

According To Exit Polls, These Four Players Will Make The Hall Of Fame

The 2014 inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame will be announced next Wednesday. As of today, 101 sportswriters (of the 600-something eligible) have publicly shared their votes. Projecting from those ballots, four players will make it to Cooperstown, and a fifth will fall just short. » 1/02/14 4:46pm 1/02/14 4:46pm

Murray Chass Is Everything That's Wrong With The Hall Of Fame Election

Murray Chass, a once-great baseball reporter turned bitter crank, recently revealed his 2013 Hall of Fame ballot in a blog post in which he proudly stated that he did not vote for Craig Biggio or Mike Piazza because he believes that they used steroids. It was the kind of thing that was written specifically to rile up… » 1/02/14 2:43pm 1/02/14 2:43pm

These Guys Sucked In The Playoffs. Should That Matter To HOF Voters?

Having acquired a Hall of Fame ballot, which we'll be filling out in accordance with the wishes of our readers, we're examining the merits—and relative lack of merits—of all 36 players on this year's ballot for the purposes of better informing the electorate, i.e., you. All entries in the series can be found here. » 12/23/13 3:20pm 12/23/13 3:20pm

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 2:15pm 12/23/13 2:15pm

Kenny Rogers, The Gambler Who Embodied Suffering And Abject Failure

Having purchased a Hall of Fame ballot, which we'll be filling out in accordance with the wishes of our readers, we're examining the merits—and relative lack of merits—of all 36 players on this year's ballot for the purposes of better informing the electorate, i.e., you. All entries in the series can be found here. » 12/19/13 6:33pm 12/19/13 6:33pm