The Hall of Fame has announced its ballot.
Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens are on it.
Now the big question is: Will they get voted in?
In the case of Mark McGwire, the answer will be no.
McGwire broke Roger Maris’ iconic home-run record in 1998, only later to be topped by Bonds.
McGwire didn’t get much support from the Hall of Fame voters when he became eligible, so now we’ll have to see if the Big Three get similar support. Last year, McGwire got 112-of-573 votes, not nearly enough for enshrinement.
I hope voters keep them out.
Bonds and Clemens were on the path to the Hall before suspicions were raised.
For me, Bonds, Clemens and Sosa fail the integrity test, the same test that Pete Rose couldn’t pass. It’s the same one keeping Joe Jackson from the Hall, too.
Commissioner Bud Selig should have put Bonds, Clemens and Sosa on the banned list, much like Rose. Unfortunately, Selig didn’t have the courage to do it.
Now it’s time for the voters to step in.
Hopefully, they do the right thing.
What do you think?
– Rick Green (follow me on Twitter @ETNrgreen)