Baseball writers pitch a shutout
Roger Clemens recorded 46 shutouts during what was certainly a Hall of Fame career. But on Wednesday, the right-handed pitcher and the entire field of would-be enshrinees were shut out of induction into baseball’s hallowed halls.
I think they got it wrong.
Clemens, along with Barry Bonds, should have been voted in by the baseball writers – those select few who have the power to grant admission.
Here’s one baseball fan who doesn’t care about any Steroids Era or anything dealing with the phrase “sanctity of the game.”
I am no baseball purest. Put a bunt down in the late innings to break up a no-hitter? Of course.
What I want is the best product put before me that entertains me the most.
Clemens and Bonds, hands down, were two of the most dominant baseball players in any era of the game. Suspicion or not!
Most baseball fans around these parts know the skinny Bonds already was on hall of fame pace prior to his leaving Pittsburgh. He had three MVP seasons as a Pirate, but was given the award only twice. (He was ripped off in 1991.) And then he added a third in four years following his first season in San Fran.
Think about this . . . Bonds totaled seven MVP trophies in his career, the last four coming 2001-04 when speculation about his enhanced performance was rampant in baseball.
Clemens won seven Cy Young awards, the final two in 2001 and 2004.
Guess who votes for both the MVP and Cy Young awards in baseball? Take a minute, I’ll wait. . . . . Yep, many of those same writers who cast a hall of fame ballot, that’s who.
Why make a point now? Why wait? Why did they provide these players with the game’s highest season honor and then turn around and try to send a message by banning them – at least this go round – from the pinnacle of their sport.
Did Clemens, Bonds and many others in baseball indulge in performance enhancing drugs? It’s hard to say.
Both have been linked. But both deny it. And from what I can gather, neither has ever tested positive.
However, both will forever be connected to the Era and therefore be guilty by association.
It’s hard for me to understand how these writers – those who cover the game and are permitted to vote – are able to play baseball god.
I don’t think the fan should vote either. Heck, all-star games throughout the years have been littered with non-deserving players that were voted in by the fans.
I’m not even sure those who played the game – hall of fame members – should get to make the decision. There seems to be too much jealousy there.
So Clemens and Bonds – at least for one more year – remain on the outside looking in. It would be an injustice if they are forever banned.
Don’t even get me started on Pete Rose!
(Jim Mackey is managing editor of The Review. Reach him at email@example.com)