You saw how I voted for this year’s ballot and I was not surprised if nobody got in. That’s exactly what happened.
My biggest surprise is that Biggio and Piazza were both linked as clean players and both had more than enough qualifications to get in. It looks like they both will get in next year. Schilling’s postseason record should have gotten him in also.
But when it comes to the steroid users, it’s a tough one. But it looks like with their current voting result, it might not happen for them ever in their lifetime. With guys like Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas and Jeff Kent coming in next year, there will be a bigger logjam. Players like Morris and Raines will also be heavy favorites. Bagwell might even get into it too.
I think all three should get in.
If I had a vote for this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame class, this is how I’d vote.
- BARRY BONDS – YES
- ROGER CLEMENS – YES
- SAMMY SOSA – YES
- MIKE PIAZZA – YES
- CRAIG BIGGIO – YES
- CURT SCHILLING – YES
- SANDY ALOMAR – NO, BUT MAYBE LATER
- KENNY LOFTON – NO, BUT MAYBE LATER
Ryan Braun is clean, but his image is tainted.
With Ryan Braun’s successful appeal of the 50-game suspension, Braun will not miss any time during the regular season and all his achievements from the 2011 season, including his MVP award, are not tainted.
But his image is now.
Because of the snafu of the testing process, the technicality of the entire ordeal has now put a cloud of Bruan’s image. And with the harsh criticism that previous athletes related to PEDs have received, Braun is in for the same criticism for the remainder of his career.
It’s still unknown whether or not the delayed delivery made any real difference in the high testosterone levels found in Braun’s sample. But because of the error in the entire process, Braun is clean from the accusation but isn’t clean in the eyes of Major League Baseball.