Starting today, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will begin voting for MLB Hall of Famers which will be announced in early January. However, it is projected to be the most controversial ballot since Pete Rose was ruled ineligible for betting. The reason is simple: Steroids….
This Ballot will feature Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa. Bonds is the all-time Home Runs leader, has a record for most MVP’s with 7. Clemens is 9th in career wins (and trying to make a come back), and has a record 7 Cy Young Awards. Sosa, meanwhile, is 9th on the all-time Home Run chart with 609 homers. Mark McGwire is 10th all-time in HR’s but never received more than 24% of voting in his 6 years trying. Needless to say, it doesn’t look too promising for these players, as every sport is trying to put a stop to PED use now more than ever.
More likely first time candidates are:
Curt Schilling: 216-146 all-time record, 3 World Series Championships, including one with the Sox in ‘04
Craig Biggio: 3,060 hits over 20 seasons, 4-time gold Glove winner
Mike Piazza: 427 HR’s, 1335 RBI’s, .308 Avg, 10-time Silver Slugger award winner in 16 seasons
Jeff Bagwell: 449 HR’s, 1529 RBI’s, .297 Avg, 1994 MVP, 1991 Rookie of the year, 3-time Silver Slugger. The best part about him is that he was born in Boston.
Who would you vote for?