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Tuesday 31, Jan 2012

  Hall voters to be consumed by steroids era

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Barry Larkin, still glowing over his election to the Hall of Fame, was asked about next year’s sure-to-be-controversial vote: the first appearances of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa on the Cooperstown ballot.

“All I know is playing and competing against some of these guys, they’re the best — period,” he said.

“I’m not going to vote for any of the people that are linked to steroids. I could change down the road, but that’s the real strong feeling I have now,” said Hal Bodley of MLB.com, the former lead baseball writer for USA Today.

Sunday 13, Feb 2011

  Alomar and Blyleven find places in Hall of Fame

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Alomar and Blyleven find places in Hall of FameRoberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven became Hall of Famers recently. Sluggers Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, Jeff Bagwell, and Juan Gonzalez came nowhere close and it seems that cloud of the Steroids Era will prevent them from gaining the place in the near future.

Alomar was picked on 90 percent of the ballots by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Blyleven was picked on 79.7 percent; it takes 75 percent to make it to the grade.

Sunday 24, Oct 2010

  Plunking parallel between use of steroids and home runs

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Plunking parallel between use of steroids and home runsThe steroids era produced mind-boggling statistics and while every one was talking about the home runs, there were only a few noticing the soaring numbers of batters hit by pitches.

In the past, the game of baseball was manly when pitchers used to knock batters down for the smallest of all perceived imperfections yet the golden age of batters began about 1993.

Today, HBP numbers are falling along with decline in home run totals and some think that only a change in the strike zone would reduce the H.B.P. averages to their historical norms.

Wednesday 20, Oct 2010

  Report on steroids cites “collective failure”

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Report on steroids cites collective failureA blistering report by former senator George J Mitchell has tied 89 Major League Baseball players, including Roger Clemens, to the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs.

This report made use of informant testimony and supporting documents for offering a richly detailed portrait of what Mr. Mitchell described as “baseball’s steroids era.”

Mitchell said there was a collective failure for recognizing the issue as it emerged and recommended that players on the list not be disciplined but baseball should “look ahead to the future” and establish stringent testing.

Monday 23, Aug 2010

  Jim Thome in close distance to emulate A-Rod’s feat

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Jim Thome in close distance to emulate A-Rod's featJim Thome of the Minnesota Twins with 877 career homers till now is all set to join Alex Rodriguez in the 600 home run club if he continues playing.

Thome’s contributions to the game of baseball were possibly subdued by sluggers using anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs to make quick name, fame, and money and Baseball Hall of Fame voters thinking that his efforts may also be on the lines of these tainted players.

The Baseball Hall of Fame voters need to realize that the best thing they can do is to ignore the use of steroids since that relates to an era before testing.

Tuesday 21, Jul 2009

  Baseball Writers turn down Steroid Committee

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Baseball Writers turn down Steroid CommitteeDuring the national meeting of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, baseball writers vote down a proposal to form a steroid committee for the development of guidelines in relation to evaluation of players from the era of steroids in Hall of Fame voting.

Players needed just 75 percent of the vote for election. Jim Rice and Rickey Henderson were the only electees for this year.

The proposal was turn down 30-25. The name of winner is expected to be announced in December.

The proposal was brought forward by Rick Telander, a Chicago Sun-Times columnist, at a Chicago chapter meeting last month.