Good news came out of the latest MLB Hall of Fame voting for just three former players. Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are joined by first baseman Frank Thomas as newest inductees into Cooperstown. Now if you are a rumored PED user, there was no good news coming out of this voting.
Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro all lost percentage votes in this year’s voting. In fact, Rafael lost enough votes to be knocked off of the ballot. If this is any indication of what should be expected in future voting sessions, this doesn’t bode well for any of these former players.
Sosa and McGwire had a great home run duel in 1998 that saw Mark break the home run record at that time. Bonds later broke McGwire’s home run record and is currently atop the all-time home run list. Clemens is arguably the greatest starting pitcher of all time. Sadly, we may never see any of these players reach Cooperstown because of their alleged use of performance enhancing drugs.
Each and every year voters have to decide which players to put into Cooperstown, and each year new players who haven’t cheated enter into the mix. That may keep the likes of Bonds and company out of Cooperstown forever.
Now don’t get me wrong; these players have done enough to remain on the minds of every baseball fan. However, is it for the good or bad what they have done? This goes to show that one mistake will tarnish your image forever. Cooperstown is where every baseball player wishes to end up, and for these five men they very well may never get there.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org