The 1993 National League Rookie of the Year will address the rumors of steroid use in his new book, “Long Shot,” co-author Lonnie Wheeler told Newsday.
“What kind of a society and what kind of world are we living in where we reward these guys for cheating? What kind of message does that send? And you know what? If any of these guys ever get in, I probably will never go back to the Hall of Fame.”
There wasn’t a positive drug test or smoking syringe implicating them. They weren’t dragged in front of committees on Capitol Hill to explain themselves, and their names haven’t been tarnished by clubhouse trainers.
Steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa have been denied entry to baseball’s Hall of Fame with voters failing to elect any candidates for only the second time in four decades.
The 1993 National League Rookie of the Year was a Met from 1998-2005. He won 10 Silver Slugger Awards and was the All-Star Game MVP in 1996. He also holds the record for most home runs by a catcher with 396.
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.
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.
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.
Ryan Braun, in this writer’s opinion, he still has issues. And the facts to come out in the next few days or weeks or months will determine whether he can win that public battle.
Larkin received 51.6 percent of the votes when he appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2010, then got 62.1 percent last year.
By agreeing to an extension without opting out, CC Sabathia again demonstrated why he’ll be remembered as a beloved Yankee and not a mercenary — like Alex Rodriguez.
The baseball writers voted two players, Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar, into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday – but the story here is those that did not make the cut.
Bert Blyleven joined WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Thursday to celebrate his long-awaited selection into baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Do you think the baseball Hall of Fame voters made a respectable stand against players under the ‘steroid cloud’ on Wednesday, or do candidates like Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro deserve enshrinement in Cooperstown?