Legendary Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt offers a unique perspective on the steroid era eligible players, citing Career Home Run Champion Barry Bonds and seven time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens specifically. He takes a literal approach to steroid accusations in that, “thou shalt not accuse unless evidence is there.” According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the 3-time NL MVP stated
“I would not have a problem with Bonds or Clemens. Here we are convicting them of PED use and we don’t know anything more than we read.”
Schmidt said he’d need to see “a legitimate failed test” to bar a player from election to the Hall of Fame. He then added
“I don’t think anyone that failed a legitimate test should be in, but I’d need to see a legitimate test to know if what we’re talking about was actual fact.”
Isn’t sure Bonds and Clemens don’t belong next to him
Schmidt brings up a good point, we are essentially ill informed to decide whether a number of players like Jeff Bagwell, Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza, or Jeff Kent used PEDs or were just bulky sluggers in an era where it was proven that others used. So is it fair to keep out the clean player to exclude the 3 that might be dirty? The 75% requirement is tough enough to get clean (just ask Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven). We have time to sort this out, like 15 years. But at the same time, the sentiment seems to be leaning toward exclusion. Which if you ask any individual, they’ll condemn some and glorify others, depending on their individual views.
There appears to be no doubt, like with Shoeless Joe Jackson and Pete Rose, that decades from now, we will question whether the right decisions were made. But Schmidt has made his thoughts known.
- Dave (@lhd_on_sports)
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