The debate that will never die: Should Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens be in the Baseball Hall of Fame?
Hall of Fame voters stood firm on their decision that the two faces of MLB’s steroid era should be on the outside looking in, with both falling short of the 75% threshold in their 10th and final year on the ballot. David Ortiz, meanwhile, was elected to the Hall in his first year of eligibility Tuesday.
And Jose Canseco is pissed off about it.
“If Ortiz is in the hall of fame so should the other guys who use PED’s again MLB screws it up again talk about hypocrisy,” Canseco tweeted Thursday.
Canseco is baseball’s most infamous steroids user, having admitted to using them and outing many of his fellow teammates. In his book “Juiced”, Canseco claims he introduced Rafael Palmeiro, Juan González and Iván Rodríguez to steroids in 1992 while all were members of the Texas Rangers.
Ortiz’s election does raise eyebrows, as the 10-time All-Star tested positive for a banned substance in 2003. Bonds and Clemens were denied based on allegations alone, despite never actually testing positive for a banned substance.
But unlike Bonds and Clemens, Ortiz’s saving grace was his personality. And therein lies the problem. Hall voters picking and choosing who should be in baseball’s most exclusive fraternity based on how nice they were to a group of writers.
It’s become one of the most flawed systems in sports — one that’s unlikely to ever change.
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