Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are listed on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. The 37-player ballot was announced Wednesday and they each need votes of 75 percent for induction. The 600 longtime members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will vote next month and the results will be announced January 9.
Bonds is the all-time home run champion with 762 and has a whopping record of seven MVP awards. Sosa hit 609 home runs and Clemons has a record of seven Cy Young trophies. There is no doubt that the players’ had some of the most successful careers in baseball. The question, however, is whether or not these accomplishments should be shadowed by accusations that the three used performance-enhancing drugs.
When asked about Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, Curt Schilling stated, “I wouldn’t vote for them ever. Here’s the thing, it generally goes this way with people who are caught doing stuff: You generally never catch someone the first go-around. These guys to some degree or another in different cases cheated and in some cases cheated for a lengthy period of time.”
Those opposed say that drug cheats should never be afforded in baseball’s highest individual honors. The opposite side claims that the use of PEDs was pervasive from the 1980s through the early 2000s and shouldn’t disqualify candidates.