For the first time, the eligible class includes juicers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa.
Sosa got an indication today that he shouldn’t make any summer plans to be in Cooperstown. The former Cub will get as many votes from the seven voters at the hometown Chicago Tribune as Royce Clayton, who incredibly is on the ballot.
In a story by Paul Sullivan, the Tribune voters weigh in with their opinions.
Phil Hersh (in a Tweet): “Oh, the joy I will have snubbing Sosa, Bonds and Clemens (plus McGwire and Palmeiro, natch) on my HoF ballot.”
Phil Rogers: ”I covered Sammy Sosa’s first big-league game, when the skinny, athletic kid played center field and batted leadoff for the Rangers. The thought then was he might win a batting title one day, and 609 home runs later he is going onto the Hall of Fame ballot as one of the flashiest sluggers in history. He was beloved in Chicago for a long time but he won’t get my vote as he never knocked down the New York Times report. Sammy had quite a journey, even if it stops at the gate to Cooperstown.”
Mark Gonzales: “If Sammy wants to come out and refute the Times story, then I’m all for listening. Until then, it’s a firm ‘no.’”
Teddy Greenstein: “You were a product of the times — an awesome product at that — but not an all-time great without the artificial help.”