For the first time since 1996, the Baseball Writers Association of America did not elect a new member into the MLB Hall of Fame. This was the first year in which the biggest names from the ‘Steroid Era’ (Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Curt Schilling, and Sammy Sosa) were eligible for enshrinement. And while I don’t agree with the final decision, that is not the purpose of this piece. I could easily delve into the infinitely cyclical argument of whether these players that have been linked to steroids deserve a spot in Cooperstown, but I won’t. I will however, question some writers’ rationale behind keeping them out.
After months of speculation, the Washington Nationals have finally parted ways with Mike Morse, sending the corner outfielder to the Seattle Mariners as part of a three-team deal. Seattle will send catcher John Jaso to Oakland as part of the deal, while the A’s will return minor league pitcher A.J. Cole to the Nationals’ organization.
Three-team trades are always fun, and this one is no exception. However, one team in the deal is clearly having more fun than the other two.
It seems that Major League Baseball has finally managed to get out in front of other sports with regard to performance-enhancing drugs.
On Thursday, commissioner Bud Selig announced that the owners and players have come to an agreement to allow for random blood testing during the regular season. The decision was met with considerable applause from both sides, with the MLBPA’s concerns over accuracy of the tests (shared by the NFLPA) having officially been satisfied.
Under the agreement, every player in baseball will be tested at least once during the MLB season, with more tests for individual players also possible if there is probable cause for usage. These tests are being implemented in hopes of deterring players from using the Human Growth Hormone (HGH), which is seen as a major issue throughout professional sports.
Well the HOF vote got it right today. All the readers and public who write to the all the sports writers have had their effect. Those guys did not get in the hall and in my opinion they should never get in. What if we find out that someone elected also cheated "what would those ramifications be?" I'll tell what they should be. Ask Lance Armstrong. He was stripped of his titles, lost his sponsors and now in a few cases faces lawsuits. That is what should happen. Throw them out of the hall. Let me ask you this. How many more games do you think Greg Maddux might have won if he could have gotten 5 more mph out of his moving fastball?? A whole bunch I'm sure. Did he use the hgh? The cream? Hell no, compared to Clemens he couldn't throw his way out of a paper bag but he has one more total win and I sure feel a lot better about him as HOF next year and a first ballot one too. No, like Lance and OJ and other great athletes they should realize there are consequences for their actions.
I hope that the Baseball Writers Association of America is happy with themselves right now.
Many voters are unclear how to handle the influx of players suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs, which this year included big names like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. Other voters want to punish those players, and decided to take it out on the entire generation.