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The 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot is In – What should the Hall Do ?

November 28th, 2012 by Michael Tabor

Today the baseball hall of fame released its 2013 ballot and there are 3 very interesting first time nominees on it – Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemons. We all know that all three of them used steroids and performing enhancing drugs (though laughably they still deny it) but the numbers they put up are just completely off – the – charts awesome. Sammy Sosa is only one of five MLB players to hit 600 or more career home runs (609), Barry Bonds holds the single season HR record with a gaudy 73 home runs and a career HR number of 762 plus a plethora of other records. Take a look at the milestones below which I got from Wikipedia:
Records held
Home runs in a single season (73), 2001
Home runs (career) (762)
Home runs against different pitchers (449)
Home runs since turning 40 years old (74)
Home runs in the year he turned 43 years old (28)
Consecutive seasons with 30 or more home runs (13), 1992–2004
Slugging percentage in a single season (.863), 2001
Slugging percentage in a World Series (1.294), 2002
Consecutive seasons with .600 slugging percentage or higher (8), 1998–2005
On-base percentage in a single season (.609), 2004
Walks in a single season (232), 2004
Intentional walks in a single season (120), 2004
Consecutive games with a walk (18)
MVP awards (7—closest competitors trail with 3), 1990, 1992–93, 2001–04
Consecutive MVP awards (4), 2001–04
National League Player of the Month selections (13—2nd place: 8 – Frank Thomas; 2nd place (N.L.) – George Foster, Pete Rose and Dale Murphy)
Oldest player (age 38) to win the National League batting title (.370) for the first time, 2002
Roger Clemons’ accomplishments are just as garish with an incredible 354 career wins and a whopping 4,672 strikeouts.  He has won many other awards and has broken several other records not unlike Bonds, but I’ll spare you the cut and paste from Wikipedia.

I think what the Hall of Fame board must consider are 2 things: 1. although all these incredible numbers were achieved while under the influence of performing enhancing drugs, not every player accomplished this much and we all know that this was the era of dopers – I mean everyone was juicing. 2. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemons were great before (but who knows for sure) and then became super – human during the steroid craze.
So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? I say induct Barry Bonds and Roger Clemons but nay to Sammy Sosa because unlike Bonds and Clemons, I don’t think Sosa was hall of fame material beforehand.

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9 Responses to “The 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot is In – What should the Hall Do ?”

  1. magdalena tabor Says:

    I hesitate to comment given my limited knowledge of sports, but I just have to say that it doesn’t seem fair for all of the old time greats. They had legitimate records and now they’ll be blown to bits. Granted, we’ve evolved stronger physically over the years, thanks to sciemce and better overall health awareness, but what would the true numbers be without the use of steroids? Would today’s athletes be all that much better than the all time greats of yesteryear?

  2. chip Says:

    #1) I absolutely agree with Magdalena, #2) everyone knows they doped (and are dopes for doing so), I mean for God’s sake, look at Clemmons before and after, absolutely NO comparison and there is no way he got that bulked up without some “help” and by honoring these guys what does it tell todays youth?! It tells them it is ok to break the rules and the law all in pursuit of fame and money. It’s sickening.

  3. Le duke de fromage Says:

    The myth of baseball has always been more interesting than the reality.Purists state the integrity of the game must be maintained,Yet owners and players alike violate these rules wth impunity. Hall of fame will become Hall of shame .A resounding no.

  4. RICK Says:

    I say let them in. How many other guys took the steriods and didn’t accomplish what these guys did during the 80’s and 90’s. Lets not convict them before their found guilty. Its un-American.

    Look at politics. Arnold was a steriod head. He was Governor. How many other areas can we look into Hockey? Football? Basketball? Look at Shaq? He looks like a steriod king. My question is why was congress involved with this?

  5. Michael Tabor Says:

    Hi Rick – When I wrote this blog yesterday, I agreed with you. I thought – hey, they were all juicing and Clemens and Bonds did better than everyone else, besides they were hall of fame quality before they started using steroids. But, the more I think about it, the more I think they should NOT be inducted. Baseball is (was) the one sport in which records and statistics meant EVERYTHING. Now the records are meaningless, the whole integrity of the sport has been ruined because of the “dopers’ – not just Bonds and Cemens, but everyone in that era is guilty. It’s a shame because Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were truly outstanding athletes before they got noticably bigger, stronger and faster. It’s just a damn shame ! They cheated – ’nuff said & there must be a penalty for their actions.

  6. Michael Tabor Says:

    BTW Rick – I certainly agree with you in terms of the notion that everyone is juicing in every sport – even golfers (look @ Tiger Woods physique). It’s a problem !

  7. RICK Says:

    Looked back at our Redsox picture together when we were wee little kids. Didnt even think about his crap back then. Glad we grew up in our generation.

  8. Michael Tabor Says:

    Hey we were on the same team, weren’t we ? I sucked big time @ baseball, especially in the outfield…I just wasn’t able to judge flyballs, I used to pray that the ball would not be hit my way. It’s funny how that petty stuff bothered me – 2day I would say – who cares, I suck @ baseball, what’s the big deal ???

  9. RICK Says:

    That was the only sport I was good at. I still prayed the ball wasnt hit to me. Hah

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