Andre Dawson says he does not believe Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens belong in the Hall of Fame
Add Andre Dawson to the list of Hall of Famers who believe players associated, or have used steroids, should not be enshrined into Cooperstown. Dawson, who is now a Miami Marlins assistant, said that the integrity of the game has been broken. This has been a hot topic recently with Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens being eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time this year.
Via The Palm Beach Post:
“I can’t say how the voters are going to react in the years ahead but they wouldn’t get my vote for the simple reason that the rules were broken,” Dawson, a Marlins special assistant, told me earlier this week at the baseball winter meetings in Nashville.
“One of the criteria is integrity of the game and I think that was broken. There are probably individuals in the Hall of Fame who haven’t abided by all of the rules but this is something that was detrimental to the history of the game and that’s the problem I have.
“When I see records being shattered left and right for selfish reasons, just to make more money, that’s when I have a problem with it.’
Dawson then broke down the voting rules for the Hall of Fame.
The voting rules for the Hall of Fame say, “Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”
Dawson said, “You talk about integrity, the rules were broken in a sense…
“Nobody can say when these individuals doing it. But all of a sudden late in your career you become twice as good a ballplayer as you were maybe in your first 5 to 10 years? That just doesn’t happen. That’s not the way it works.”
In order to get into the Hall of Fame you need 75 percent of the vote from eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. For the record, Dawson did say he believes Barry Bonds will get into Cooperstown based on his conversations he’s had with baseball writers. However, he does not think Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa will ever get in.
“Bonds probably will eventually. I think there are a lot of writers where somewhere along the lines they will switch gears and he will get in, but these other two guys (Clemens and Sosa), I don’t see it.”
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