Current Hall of Famers Al Kaline, Dennis Eckersley and Goose Gossage along with others in the Hall are not ready to open the Hall’s doors to those linked with steroids
January 10, 2013 – Baseball Hall of Fame voters did not elect any new inductees this year, making many Hall of Famers happy that those from the steroid era were overlooked.
Current Hall of Famers Al Kaline, Dennis Eckersley and Goose Gossage along with others in the Hall are not ready to open the Hall’s doors to those linked with steroids. The three most well known players up for election to the Hall and linked with steroids were Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. They all did not receive enough votes to join the Hall.
For just the second time in the past 42 years, no one was elected by the baseball writers into the Hall. That sent a signal to all players linked to steroids that they will be treated by a different standard.
Clemens, Sosa and Bonds accumulated many awards over their careers, but the three could not offset the suspicions that their success was boosted artificially through the use of performance enhancing drugs.
Gossage spoke harshly about the players linked to steroids. He said they never should be inducted into the Hall as it shows the children of today that cheating is ok. He added that all of the players that had come under suspicion for steroids use received too many votes by baseball writers.
Bonds received 36% of the vote, while Clemens received 37.6%. Sosa was way down the list receiving only 12.5% of the vote. Yesterday’s vote keeps the league’s home run leader for a career out of the Hall, as well as the most decorated pitcher to play the game.
Bonds is the league’s only seven time winner of the Most Valuable Player award and hit a career 762 home runs. He holds the single season home run record of 73 that he set in 2001. Clemens is ninth in career wins as a pitcher, third in strikeouts and the only seven-time winner of the Cy Young Award.