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Friday’s Morning Mashup: ESPN’s Dan Le Batard says losing Hall of Fame vote ‘was worth it’ for protest

01.10.14 at 8:07 am ET
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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Nets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Lakers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Radford at High Point, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wright State at Valparaiso, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Air Force at Army, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Alabama-Huntsville at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Colorado College at North Dakota, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Dan Le Batard on Thursday was suspended from the Baseball Writers Association of America for one year and had his Hall of Fame voting privileges permanently rescinded after he gave his vote to Deadspin, which had its readers vote on the selections. Le Batard insists that he doesn’t regret his actions.

“It was worth it,” said Le Batard, a longtime columnist for the Miami Herald who now the show “Highly Questionable” on ESPN2. “I knew this would be the consequence. Hopefully, change is a consequence, too.”

In explaining his reasons for giving up his vote, Le Batard said he is bothered by “all the moralizing we do in sports” and specifically referred to the lack of support for players linked to steroids, including Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. However, the BBWAA called him out for his methods.

“The BBWAA board of directors has decided to remove Dan Le Batard’€™s membership for one year for transferring his Hall of Fame ballot to an entity that has not earned voting status,” a statement from the organization read. “The punishment is allowed under the organization’€™s constitution. In addition, Le Batard will not be allowed to vote on Hall of Fame candidates from this point on. The BBWAA regards Hall of Fame voting as the ultimate privilege, and any abuse of that privilege is unacceptable.”

— The arbitration ruling for Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez regarding his 211-game suspension is expected soon — as early as Friday — and an ESPN report indicates the player has discussed the possibility of accepting a reduced ban.

The story indicates Rodriguez is likely to head to court to challenge any suspension longer than 100 games. But that is expected to cost Rodriguez at least $10 million, and there’s no guarantee he would win. If he accepts a 100-game suspension, Rodriguez would lose $15.4 million of his $25 million salary for 2014.

“All of this has been presented to Alex, and he is weighing his options,” a source told ESPN. “In certain situations it may not make much sense to continue to fight.”

Added the source: “It’s not just a matter of money. It’s also about the mental anguish of going through this and not knowing if or when you’re going to play again. Alex might decide to take his medicine and move on.”

However, a Rodriguez representative insisted there will be no compromise.

Said A-Rod spokesman Ron Berkowitz: “We have not asked to negotiate, have not thought about negotiating, and the facts, in any of these stories that state this, are inaccurate.”

— Jets tight end Kellen Winslow was charged by police in East Hanover, N.J., with possession of synthetic marijuana and faces up to five years in prison if convicted. Although the incident occurred Nov. 19 — shortly after he ended a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs — a criminal complaint was not signed until Dec. 30, and Winslow appeared in court Wednesday.

Winslow, a former standout with the Browns who briefly was a member of the Patriots last season, finished the season with 31 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns. The 30-year-old becomes a free agent in March and is not expected to return to the Jets.

“We are aware of the situation,” the Jets said in a statement. “This is a pending legal matter and we will have no comment.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 10, 1996, which Celtic hit a 3-pointer in his 89th consecutive game, an NBA record?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We know we can play much better than we are right now. That’s what’s frustrating. We need to get our game back. It’s not going to happen overnight, and it’s not going to happen by trying to make some high-risk plays. We’ve just got to stay patient and slowly gain our game back. We’ve just got to grind it out.” – Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, after Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Kings

STAT OF THE DAY: 4-1 – The Knicks’ record against the Heat in their last five meetings spanning two seasons, following Thursday’s 102-92 New York win

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Rockets mascot Clutch the Bear scares players and staff members after Wednesday’s practice.

Fourth-grade girl Jaden Newman reportedly is averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 assists playing for the Downey Christian HIGH SCHOOL team in Orlando, Fla. You might remember a video of her brother from last year — fifth-grader Julian Newman, who also plays for the high school team.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dana Barros

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Jim Croce was born on this day in 1943.

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