Voting for these great players would be an insult to everyone who earned their way in on their own.
In this installment of By The Numbers, I would like to briefly discuss five candidates. In alphabetical order they are Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa.
I picked sixteen giants of the game, using the following career statistics: At-bats (AB), walks (W), total bases (TB), stolen bases (SB), caught stealing (CS) and hit-by-pitch (HP).
There have been whispers of steroid use, and in this day and age, that’s probably enough to keep somebody out of Cooperstown for a long, long time. And that’s a shame.
Former Mets’ great Mike Piazza is among 24 first-time Hall of Fame candidates.
Baseball writers do the voting and they have become the gatekeepers. Baseball writers must judge the game diligently and expertly.
Tris Speaker was one of the best players of a bygone era in baseball.
So many people say to me that I came along in baseball 20 years too early. They say, ‘Imagine what you’d make if you played today.’ My answer is simple and has two parts: I’d be Alex Rodriguez, and I’m glad I’m not.
Alex Rodriguez started the Yankees’ biggest game of the year on the bench. After being pinch-hit for in Games 3 and 4 against the Baltimore Orioles, the $275 million third baseman was removed from the starting lineup for Game 5 on Friday.
We’re not supposed to say we’re surprised anymore by anyone who cheats in sports, at least in the netherworld of PEDs. So when we hear of Melky’s malfeasance, it made sense that someone would try to slip under the MLB’s flawed radar.
Melky Cabrera has been suspended 50 games by the MLB after testing positive for testosterone.
Reggie has now been banished by the Yankees until the time is “right” for his return. But all he did, with respect to A-Rod, is tell the truth.
Truth be told, the Steroid Era has stripped our pastime of its eternal prerogative: innocence. Where has Joe DiMaggio gone, indeed?
Standards for conviction are clear in court, less so in baseball, where Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro have been bypassed for the Hall thus far despite distinguished careers.
There really should be no debate. A-Rod, and the rest of the gang that found better cheating through chemistry, will need to be enrolled in Cooperstown.
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