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.
The New York Yankees like to talk about pinstripe pride. The aura, the team incessantly reminds us, envelops all who don the no-names-on-the-back uniform once worn by Ruth and Reggie, Gehrig and Munson, Mantle, Maris and DiMaggio, who thanked the good Lord for making him a Yankee.
Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds were snubbed in voting for baseball’s Hall of Fame, adding the game’s two most-decorated players to the list of retired stars bypassed because of links to performance-enhancing drugs.
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.
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.