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BY SCOTT MALONE

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS



Voting has started for the Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2013 class, and a set of newcomers on the ballot causing some heated debate. ESPN and CBC focus on the players in the spotlight.

“The Hall of Fame ballot for Baseball’s class of 2013 is out. 600-plus voters will have the next six weeks to decide if Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are worthy of the sports biggest honor.”

“In order to actually get inducted into Cooperstown though, you need 75 percent of the vote. And of course for these three guys in particular that character clause is going to be a big issue for them.”

That character clause explicitly states, “Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contribution to the team(s) on which the player played.” (Via Baseball Hall of Fame).

Bonds, Clemens and Sosa are regarded as some of, if not the, best players of their era. But the problem they face is alleged performance enhancing drug use, and voters have not looked too favorably on stars linked to PED’s.

Former slugging star Mark McGwire was also tied to PED use, and in his six years on the ballot he has not received more than 24 percent of the vote. After admitting to PED use McGwire hasn’t topped 20 percent. (Via KSDK)

A USA Today writer breaks down the different tiers of PED relationships, from McGwire and Palmeiro as ‘No-doubters’, to Bonds and Clemens as ‘Legally ensnared,’ and Sosa as ‘Circumstantially linked.’

While some have no mercy for Big Mac and others tied to or who admitted to PED use, a writer for Sports Illustrated argues past hall of fame inductees don’t exactly have squeaky clean pasts, so using the character clause here is flat out hypocritical.

“The Hall is a rogues’ gallery not only of sign-stealers and spitballers but also those with worse sins of character, racists and Ku Klux Klan members, Prohibition-era alcoholics, cocaine users, amphetamine users, spousal abusers and sex addicts … the commissioner who wrote the [character clause] spent the entirety of his 24-year tenure upholding the color barrier. So much for moral clarity.”

The results of this ballot will be released on January 9th.

Bonds, Clemens, Sosa Up for Hall of Fame Induction

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Nov 28, 2012

Bonds, Clemens, Sosa Up for Hall of Fame Induction

(Image Source: The Examiner


BY SCOTT MALONE

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS



Voting has started for the Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2013 class, and a set of newcomers on the ballot causing some heated debate. ESPN and CBC focus on the players in the spotlight.

“The Hall of Fame ballot for Baseball’s class of 2013 is out. 600-plus voters will have the next six weeks to decide if Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are worthy of the sports biggest honor.”

“In order to actually get inducted into Cooperstown though, you need 75 percent of the vote. And of course for these three guys in particular that character clause is going to be a big issue for them.”

That character clause explicitly states, “Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contribution to the team(s) on which the player played.” (Via Baseball Hall of Fame).

Bonds, Clemens and Sosa are regarded as some of, if not the, best players of their era. But the problem they face is alleged performance enhancing drug use, and voters have not looked too favorably on stars linked to PED’s.

Former slugging star Mark McGwire was also tied to PED use, and in his six years on the ballot he has not received more than 24 percent of the vote. After admitting to PED use McGwire hasn’t topped 20 percent. (Via KSDK)

A USA Today writer breaks down the different tiers of PED relationships, from McGwire and Palmeiro as ‘No-doubters’, to Bonds and Clemens as ‘Legally ensnared,’ and Sosa as ‘Circumstantially linked.’

While some have no mercy for Big Mac and others tied to or who admitted to PED use, a writer for Sports Illustrated argues past hall of fame inductees don’t exactly have squeaky clean pasts, so using the character clause here is flat out hypocritical.

“The Hall is a rogues’ gallery not only of sign-stealers and spitballers but also those with worse sins of character, racists and Ku Klux Klan members, Prohibition-era alcoholics, cocaine users, amphetamine users, spousal abusers and sex addicts … the commissioner who wrote the [character clause] spent the entirety of his 24-year tenure upholding the color barrier. So much for moral clarity.”

The results of this ballot will be released on January 9th.

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