My blank Hall of Fame ballot ignited a firestorm of outrage leading to the announcement last week of three new Hall of Famers. If they were still burning people at the stake, I’d have been burned at the Cooperstown stake. These misguided souls, however, would have been as wrong as the good people of Salem, Mass., in the witch-burning days of Arthur Miller‘s play “The Crucible.”
I was besieged with requests for radio, television and podcast interviews, and I was a favorite target of tweeters as if I was the weekly object of President Donald Trump’s tempestuous tweets.
Most interestingly – and most ignorantly – more than a few people called for – urged – the Baseball Writers Association to revoke my voting privilege.
Sorry, but that isn’t going to happen.
The only writer who has ever lost his vote is Dan Le Batard, the Miami writer, who gave his 2014 Hall of Fame ballot to Deadspin.com after failing to find a buyer.
An Atlanta website, Braves-Nation.com, published an erroneous report, saying, “There’s already been a petition filed within the BBWAA to have his vote removed by one of the members in good standing based on his recent comments, so the good news is that he may have just hung himself.”
Sorry, guys. That’s not happening either. When I saw that report, I took it for the garbage it was. To confirm that, I asked Jack O’Connell, secretary-treasurer of the BBWAA about it, and he said, “There has been no such petition to my knowledge.”
That news will come as a major disappointment to Casey Stern, a satellite radio hack now said to be working for Turner Sports. Stern asked me to appear on his radio talk show on MLB Network, which he promoted like it was the Super Bowl.
His aim was to make me look bad for my …