Today at 2pm there will be an announcement on the baseball HOF voting. I am assuming that Bonds, Sammy, Clemens and co. will not be getting in on the first ballot and, quite frankly, not sure if they will ever get in. Supposedly, however, based on the prelim poling, no one will be getting in, which I find absurd. Biggio should get in on the first ballot. Some goober voters, who instead of focusing on a potential inductee's accomplishments are nit picking diminutive negatives to vote against a candidate, argue that Biggio's hits are not that impressive because he played so long. Such writers should have their voting privileges revoked. As for Piazza and Bagwell, IMHO, both are no-brainer HOFers on numbers alone. Some writers, however, "suspect" that (just because they were big guys, with acne, that happened to play in the steroid era) Piazza and Bagwell used and that is why they did not vote for them. Those writers should have their voting privilege revoked as well, imo. You want to penalize people who were caught with their hands in the PED jar, fine, but to penalize someone on the mere suspicion, just because they happened to have a physique similar to Bonds, Clemes, etc., GTFOH. As for Bagwell, his career/injury trajectory actually shows anything but PED use. As he got older he became more injury prone, as any athlete would, and, consequently, spent a lot of time on IR. You look at his career numbers and they followef a natural trajectory/curve. His numbers started tapering off, whereas the proven PEDers had their numbers baloon, or at least remain at a high level. Anyway, I can writer on and on about this but would like to hear other thoughts.
PS I am also curious what people think about Clemens and Bonds, in particular. Will people be willing to give them a pass, eventually? I heard a clip this morning on ESPN - don't remember the reporter but he was from the older generation/guard of Peter Gammons and the like - and he said that he did vote for them because they were simply the best hitter/pitcher (respectively) that he has seen play and that he is "not a scientist and cannot determine how much of an advantage the steroids gave them" and feels that many more players "doped" than the names known and that therefore he is voting them in simply based on their accomplishments.