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Why I voted for Bonds, Clemens

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Consider the story of a baseball hall of fame being built for itself in real time:

“For the first 115 years, the big old game was usually played by gentlemen with the highest moral fiber. Then, inexplicably, a gang of rappers descended on the scene, threatening the integrity of the sport.

Do we really think that people who have been playing in the Major League Baseball since the late 1980s have had sports skills together? Or does the period that increases the effectiveness of illicit drugs depend on technology rather than character? Mike Schmidt and the late Bob Gibson, both set up in Cooperstown a long time ago, are among those who know themselves well and have clear eyes if they try steroids very well on game days. rish could.

As I complete the American Baseball Writers Association’s 2022 ballot, the results will be announced on the MLB network on Tuesday night. Here is where I landed:

1. Barry Bonds

Baseball Hall of Fame
Barry Bonds

How will it affect the first (in alphabetical order) and godly, the main museum of the game of the four highly skilled players who are finding their 10th and final blow with the writers not to include the undisputed King of the House in his Plaque? Gallery? Unlike Hit King Pit Rose, who wasn’t there either, Bonds never received any punishment for using illegal PEDs, which was permanently banned.

2. Roger Clemens

Baseball Hall of Fame
Roger Clemens

The criminal partner of the bonds, so to speak, 1) two men were subjected to the same level of illegal PED investigation without ever being found guilty; 2) Clemens is probably the pitching equivalent of Bonds; and 3) this is the last shot of the Rocket here. No matter how he achieves it, he knows all the time.

3. Todd Xelton

Baseball Hall of Fame
Todd Xelton

The main controversy of the first base, a minor issue with the above two titles, is that he spent all of his home games at Coors Field, which is convenient for strikers. Still, Rocky has worked well enough to dispel such suspicions throughout his life (133 OPS + and a huge peak from 2000 to 2004).

4. Andrew Jones

Baseball Hall of Fame
Andrew Jones

If the central defender had retired after the 30-year season in 2007, he would probably have been out of that ballot and already in the hall. Instead, he fell off the cliff in the last five years after leaving the Jasurs; he is on the right track in his fifth year of fitness. I say, let’s respect his run before the cliff.

5. David Ortiz

Baseball Hall of Fame
David Ortiz

If you put aside the problem of illegal PED (he just failed the 2003 survey, which should really be irrelevant for these purposes), you can look at his seasonal statistics and see if he can you may wonder if you deserve the desired seat on a maximum of 10 ballots. If you consider his postseason – a .289 / .404 / .543 line and three rings with the Red Sox – he should be a slam-dunk. According to Ryan Tibodaux’s observation, Ortiz is listed here as a player who can be selected.

6. Menni Ramires

Baseball Hall of Fame
Menni Ramires

It’s a hall of fame, isn’t it? How many players in his era were more popular than Manny Being Manny? As one of the most successful and dramatic blows of his era, for good reason as well. As for his two disqualifications for violating baseball’s illegal PED protocols, well …

7. Alex Rodriguez

Baseball Hall of Fame
Alex Rodriguez

…. I would like to tell all the writers who complained that the Hall did not give instructions on how to deal with illegal PEDs that the Hall provided us with all the instructions we needed when it ran to invite retired Commissioner Bud Selig. Today’s period committee. Selig, as the owner of the Brewers, was found guilty of three counts of violating a collective agreement on baseball because he conspired with his colleagues at the manor to suppress free agency, a crime that did more harm than good. So A-Rod, who was found guilty only once, deserves my vote.

8. Scott Rolen

Baseball Hall of Fame
Scott Rolen

One of the best third baseman of his era on either side of the ball. It looks great for a fifth-year candidate to eventually enter.

9. Kurt Shilling

Baseball Hall of Fame
Kurt Shilling

As much as I disagree with his defenders who claim he is a victim of “politics” – no principled conservative approves of his hateful messages – I no longer agree with my constituents who are punishing him for his poisoning. When he makes his final shot here, perhaps it will be reflected worse in the Hall than in him.

10. Semmi Sosa

Baseball Hall of Fame
Semmi Sosa

A fourth member of the Last Chance group, he never managed to get into a serious controversy, partly because of suspicions of illegal PED and partly because a deep dive into components like his core percentage and protection doesn’t help. I support him because of his high peak from 1993 to 2002 and his good mood in the 1998 home pursuit.

Close calls: Andy Pettit and Gary Sheffield on my ballot last year went to make room for Big Papi and A-Rod. Maybe they’ll be back next year.

Kemada: At least four, and possibly five, of my 2023 ballots will go out of my choice, which could give Bobby Abreu, Mark Buerle, Jeff Kent and Billy Wagner a decent opinion?

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