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No Players Elected from the 2013 Class for Baseball’s Hall of Fame

Roger Clemens
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The 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame elections were earlier today an no player was selected. It’s the first time since 1996 that nobody on the ballot got in. On this years ballot were a few of the ‘steroid era’ players, including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa. Not one of them received anywhere near enough votes to get in to Cooperstown.

Clemens got the most votes of the three at 37%. They will have more chances to get in on future ballots but I kind of agree on not letting them in right now. I may change my feelings on this over time, as many who vote surely will. The climate is such, and I just think right now, inducting any of them into the hall would be at the least bad taste.

I’m kind of divided on whether they should ever get in because using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) is cheating but at the same time I’m guessing owners in the era looked the other way because fans were coming, selling out ball parks, eating $6 hotdogs and drinking $8 beers. Players used PEDs like a lot of people use caffeine or a product like 5 Hr Energy when working late. Is it right? No, of course not, but it made more home runs and put rear ends in seats and made the game exciting in the way auto-tune makes artists’ voices sound better. Should singers who use auto-tune be barred from being inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame or be ineligible to win a Grammy? Should woman who wear make up be disallowed from entering beauty pageants?

My only point is, I think we’re making way too much of this and in time moods change. Yes, they cheated but we all know this and we can make up our own minds on how we feel about their overblown statistics.

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