Well in case you missed it yesterday baseball fans, the Baseball Writer's Association of America pulled a complete 180 and allowed in every athlete with HOF credentials to Cooperstown despite the fact that those player's played during a tainted era. Just kidding! The BWAA lived up to being the most pretentious group of people on planet earth and laughed diabolically while shutting the doors of Cooperstown to 5 deserving player's, including two who are probably on a top 15 all time list. I mean were they serious yesterday? Nobody gets in? Look I get that Bonds and Clemens and whoever else all played during the 'steroid era' and that some would call that 'cheating' but if we're going to keep everyone out of the HOF that cheated then we're basically going to have a Christy Matthewson museum. And I even get that Clemens and Bonds are liars and, pardon my French, assholes, but again, if we're judging based on that then you may as well stop holding a vote every year.
Bottom line is Bonds is a top 5 hitter all time. Clemens is a top 10 pitcher all time. Piazza, who by the way has NEVER been connected with HGH or steroids is arguably the best hitting catcher ever. And the list of deserving player's goes on and on. Also let's not forget that the same people who voted those player's out yesterday are the same writer's who took a Cosmo Kramer-style vow of silence in 1998 when baseball player's started looking like Marvel characters. Nobody said a peep when Sosa and McGwire throttled the Maris record in 1998 because baseball needed that story to help heal the wounds of the strike and the '94 World Series that never was (somewhere a Montreal Expo fan weeps into his fries and gravy). I mean does that make even a little bit of sense? Steroids running rampant and the writer's say nothing for a decade, then 20 years later those player's get judged by those same writer's for cheating. Ummmmm what? Even the NCAA thinks that's hypocritical.
Look you can create a 'steroid era' wing to Cooperstown, or make mention of the era on Bonds' or Clemens' HOF plaque, whatever you need to do to satisfy giving them a scarlet letter, but these guy's have to be in the hall of fame period. And for the Brewer's fans out there who are on board with the move to keep these player's out, be warned, Braun will never get in then either. Doesn't matter that the ruling was overturned. Mark my words; if Bonds and Clemens never get in, Braun is in serious trouble.
PS: Wouldn't shock me one bit if Craig Biggio is sitting in his living room like Buschemi in Billy Madison making a people to kill list with BWAA member's names on it. Like that guy played three of the toughest positions in baseball (2nd base, catcher, center field), had 3,000 hits and NEVER was mentioned in a steroid article, ring or report and STILL didn't get in. You do you BWAA.
Double PS: Shout out to the writer who voted for Aaron Sele. If you had the money line on Sele ever getting a HOF vote enjoy your retirement.