( - The Baseball Writers' Association of America announcedon Thursday that ESPN journalist and Miami Herald writer Dan Le Batard willnot be allowed to vote on Hall of Fame candidates from this point on.

The BBWAA board of directors also decided to remove Le Batard's membership forone year, just one day after Le Batard turned his vote over to

The BBWAA came out with the following statement:

"The BBWAA Board of Directors has decided to remove Dan Le Batard's membershipfor one year, for transferring his Hall of Fame ballot to an entity that hasnot earned voting status. The punishment is allowed under the organization'sconstitution.

"In addition, Le Batard will not be allowed to vote on Hall of Fame candidatesfrom this point on.

"The BBWAA regards Hall of Fame voting as the ultimate privilege, and anyabuse of that privilege is unacceptable."