Originally written on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 1/10/13
It didn’t take long for some of the players who are in the Baseball Hall of Fame to share their thoughts on players like Bonds and Clemens not getting into Cooperstown. Some of the baseball greats were interviewed by the Associated Press and they explained why this was a great move for baseball. Former New York Yankees pitcher, Goose Gossage in an interview told the Associated Press ”If they let these guys in ever at any point it’s a big black eye for the Hall and for baseball. It’s like telling our kids you can cheat, you can do whatever you want, and it’s not going to matter. I think the steroids guys that are under suspicion got too many votes. I don’t know why they’re making this such a question and why there’s so much debate. To me, they cheated. Are we going to reward these guys?”   Former Oakland Athletics pitcher, Dennis Eckersley tweeted ‘ ‘Wow! Baseball writers make a statement. Feels right.” Detroit Tigers right fielder, Al Kaline gave his point of view in an interview saying, ”What really gets me is seeing how some of these players associated with drugs have jumped over many of the greats in our game. Numbers mean a lot in baseball, maybe more so than in any other sport. And going back to Babe Ruth, and players like Harmon Killebrew and Frank Robinson and Willie Mays, seeing people jump over them with 600, 700 home runs, I don’t like to see that.” To me the issue will be that any player that was in the “steroid era” who has increased his numbers and performed at a higher level as he got older will always be surrounded with questions if he ever used drugs to enhance his play. We will have to see if the Baseball Writers’ Association of America used this year as a statement to current players to make sure that steroids should not be used or if the players like Bonds, Clemens, and Sosa will never see their bust in Cooperstown. The argument could be made either way. One is that players might say hey everyone was doing it, so why can’t I use steroids to get more money and a longer contract? The other argument is that someone who used drugs to perform at a higher level robbed others who did not use steroids and fans and writers take an issue with. Just like this Hall of Fame ballot, I am looking forward to see what happens next year.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Brandon Saad, Ryan O’Reilly sign long-term contracts with Columbus, Buffalo

Dallas Mavericks solidify future with Wesley Matthews and DeAndre Jordan signings

A-Rod, Yankees settle dispute over home run milestone bonus

Report: Robin Lopez, Knicks finalizing four-year deal

Becky Hammon will coach Spurs' Summer League team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jimmy Butler on Derrick Rose: ‘I don’t think we have any issues’

Yankees get A-Rod's 3,000th hit ball for $150,000 donation

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Lakers apologize for first, get second meeting with Aldridge

Mike Scioscia: Josh Hamilton should apologize to Arte Moreno

Sacramento Kings continue to be an utter disaster

Remember when the Cincinnati Bearcats were the scariest team in America?

Are the Angels now the worst organization in baseball?

Five reasons the Browns should play Johnny Manziel

Blue Jays need rookies to keep producing for success in 2015

WATCH: Sean Doolittle gets cup check from teammate

University of Florida developing high-tech smart mouth guard

Pat McAfee is the best punter in NFL history

Mets coach on slump: The only thing left is human sacrifice

MLB teams who will continue to surprise in second half

2015 Women’s World Cup Final: The Rematch

Answering the five biggest questions in NBA free agency

Report: Mavericks sign Wes Matthews to four-year contract

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.