The votes have all been counted. If you'll remember, Mark Ecko, who bought Barry Bond's record-setting home run ball at auction, left it to the public to decide the fate of the ball. The choices were to send it to the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York, send it to Cooperstown with an asterisk branded into it, or launch it into space. The public has spoken. The ball is getting a brand.
The final tally: 47% said brand it, 34% said bestow it unmarked, and only 19% chose the space option. Or, as the website figured it, "80 percent of voters believed the ball should go to Cooperstown (47% opting to mark the ball; 34% without), and two thirds felt that doubts surrounding the record needed to be recognized (47% for the asterisk; 19% for space)."