“Raincntry” posted these questions to me about the Hall of Fame:
If Glavine, Bonds, Clemens, Maddux and Henderson all retire at the same time, shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t they all be first ballot Hall of Famers?
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s possible that a steroidal taint could lead to a short backlash against Bonds although I believe that would be a huge mistake because there is also anecdotal evidence that Clemens used them as well (same physical growth, name surfacing in various reports about usage, mysteriously sitting for 50 games last year, etc.) and if voters want to determine Hall of Fame eligibility on that type of specious evidence then really nobody who played in the 1980Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s and 1990Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s is above suspicion (Bagwell, Big Hurt, et al).
Certainly Henderson is a first ballot guy, as are Glavine and Maddux right?
Do you have a vote? How would you vote, who would you vote for, and why?
-I have a vote and agree the players you mentioned are worthy of being voted in on the first ballot. You can vote up to ten so there’s room for all. I would NOT vote for Bonds based on his admission he used them.
-I heard the anecdotal evidence on Clemens, but unlike Bonds, there’s no admission, charge or failed test. My feelings are I wouldn’t vote for a player who admitted using steroids or tested positive. Even so, enough of my colleagues would vote for him based on his production prior to him bulking up like a linebacker.
It is hard to vote against somebody based on circumstantial evidence, but I did not vote for Mark McGwire. I thought his “I’m not here to talk about the past,’’ answer to Congress was the same as an admission. He had a chance to clear his name or defend himself, and didn’t. I also took into account his is not a closed case and he would remain on the ballot so there’s time later.
-Glavine and Maddux are slam-dunk first ballot guys, as is Henderson. Maddux has won over 300 games and Glavine will reach the milestone this year, and Henderson is the best ever base stealer. As of now, I would also vote for Clemens, because despite the rumors, he’s never been charged, failed a test, or as McGwire did, folded while giving testimony.