What made it into this week’s media column:
Highly questionable, Dan LeBatard. Highly debatable. And highly open to ridicule given the alternatives.
The ESPN TV and radio talk show host, who has kept his Baseball Writers’ Association of America vote for the Hall of Fame by virtue of once having it in a previous career as a full time columnist for the Miami Herald, became the “kick me” target of the day Wednesday when the latest three enshrines were announced.
Thursday, he seemed to basking in the afterglow of surrendering his ballot to Deadspin.com, which then allowed its readers to fill out the 10 spots before it was officially submitted under LeBatard’s name.
Of course, it’s not the first time LeBatard tried to make a statement with a vote (see: NBA MVP 2013, just six months ago. We’ll direct you to the Deadspin version).
More soften criticism of LeBatard’s methods include from the Miami Herald, where Executive Sports Editor Jorge Rojas said in a statement: “Whatever issues might be raised about the Hall of Fame voting process, we do not condone misrepresentation of any kind. Dan had a point to make. We think there are other ways he could have made it.”
We’ve got other notes about Dan Dierdorf’s final NFL game call for CBS this weekend, and more tributes to the Jerry Coleman. It’ll all be posted in the next few hours. (By the way, the Padres have announced a public memorial on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at Petco Park).
What could have also been included:
+Notes we’ve added Friday morning:
== A CBS video tribute to Dierdorf is here, in his own words.
== An obit on former Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin, via the ShermanReport.com.
== In our mention of Dick Enberg talking about Jerry Coleman in today’s column, we overlooked the fact Enberg celebrated his 79th birthday on Thursday. That fact was brought up by Bill Walton during the ESPN coverage of the UCLA-Arizona contest, where the former Bruins center was at his mushroomed-induced best.
+What we had from Thursday’s post:
== KLAC-AM (570) has been using FoxSports.com writer Bill Reiter and former Oakland Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison for the noon-to-3 p.m. shift this week as management continues to work out a deal with KNBC-Channel 4 anchor Fred Roggin to eventually take over. The plan remains for Roggin to lead into the Petros Papadakis and Matt “Money” Smith 3-to-7 p.m. local shift.