Bud Selig’s retirement as Major League Baseball commissioner after next season will end two decades of stewardship that included recovery from a steroid scandal and an era of labor peace after losing the 1994 World Series to a players strike.
Baseball’s highest honor is growing more remote for those caught in the sport’s doping scandal, with All-Stars such as recently suspended Alex Rodriguez likely relegated to the black-list treatment imposed on those who gamble on the game.
Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa, whose record-setting Major League Baseball careers were shadowed by accusations of performance-enhancing drug use, are on the sport’s Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.
U.S. prosecutors told prospective jurors in the Roger Clemens perjury trial that they plan to call former St. Louis Cardinals player Mark McGwire, Yankees catcher Jorge Posada and Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman as witnesses.
The not guilty verdict in Roger Clemens’s perjury case is unlikely to sway baseball’s Hall of Fame voters who’ve spent years deciding whether accusations of steroid use should keep the seven-time Cy Young Award winner from being enshrined.