Re: John Fay Abstains from HOF Voting to Avoid Casting Votes for Bonds and Clemens
Originally Posted by RedsBaron
I sometimes believe that a lot of commentators need to visit the Hall of Fame. I have been watching "Mike and Mike In The Morning" this morning. I really like the show. This morning Greenberg is there with Herman Edwards sitting in for Golic. Greenie and Edwards started repeating the claim that the failure to induct suspected PEDS users means that the HOF will totally ignore the steroids era.
This claim is utterly absolutely untrue. If Bonds, Clemens, et al, never get plaques in Cooperstown this does not necessarily mean their career accomplishments will not be documented in the HOF.
Pete Rose is not in the HOF. Rosie's career is documented in the HOF (I was there last July). Rose's BRM uniform, his bat and other artifacts are displayed. His career and the history of the BRM are both told. All that is missing is a HOF plaque for Rose. This is quite similar to the situation at the Reds Hall of Fame.
People can certainly debate if possible PEDs users should be inducted into the HOF. I continue to believe that Bonds and Clemens will eventually get in, although it may take longer than I earlier believed. However it is not necessary to give them a ceremony and a plaque to tell the histories of their careers in Cooperstown.
What is the argument for keeping Bonds and Clemens out of the hall of fame?
"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner