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Hall vote for Bonds and Clemens?

Pedro Martinez is almost definitely going to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and he'd like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens to join him. Martinez and Clemens were inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame on Thursday, along with Nomar Garciaparra and broadcaster Joe Castiglione, where Martinez said that he believes both Clemens and Bonds' numbers before accusations of steroid use against them broke would warrant induction. They're running out of time to pass the 75 percent threshold -- players' eligibility was recently reduced from 15 years to a mere 10.

  • Pedro Martinez said that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. Do you agree?

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  • Would you vote for a steroid user for the Hall of Fame?

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  • Is Pedro Martinez a Hall of Famer?

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  • What do you make of the Baseball Hall of Fame reducing player eligibility on the ballot from 15 years to 10 years?

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Won't this year's Hall of Fame ceremony be grand? We can't wait to go and watch absolutely no one give a speech -- because the Baseball Writers' Association of America let no one in this time around. Only Craig Biggio and Jack Morris came close to the 75 percent threshold necessary to get one's face on a plaque in Cooperstown. Clearly, the issue of performance-enhancing drugs is tainting the process in some way; Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds would have been surefire first-time inductees had they not been connected to steroids. The spectacle of an empty induction year might force the Hall of Fame into making some sort of change.

Ballot: Which top vote-getters from this year's class will eventually make it in?

Vote: Will more worthy candidates create a Hall of Fame logjam?


A different process?

Some voters submitted blank ballots. Other voters picked single, strange candidates. Others didn't vote at all.

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What do you make of the Baseball Hall of Fame's selection process?

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A minimum requirement?

We could theoretically see a year in which there were no deserving candidates, but several exceptional players were on this ballot.

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Should the Baseball Hall of Fame induct a player from the writers' ballot every year, even if the top vote-getter doesn't get 75 percent of the vote?

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Destigmatize PEDs?

Mark McGwire was on 17 percent of ballots this year, but he won't be the last player connected to PEDs to be on the Hall of Fame list.

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Will a known PED user ever be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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New definitions?

Voters have expressed some confusion over how to treat players with possible connections to PEDs, which may explain Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds' low numbers.

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Should the Baseball Hall of Fame give voters more defined instructions on how to treat players from the ''steroids era''?

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On Tuesday, "First Take" discussed Roger Clemens' desire to come back to pitch for the Astros, preferably against a team in playoff contention. Hugh Douglas thinks Clemens wants to pitch in order to stop his Hall of Fame clock, in order to prevent steroid accusations from derailing his path to Cooperstown. Stephen A. Smith barely wants to talk about the whole thing, but Skip Bayless applauds Clemens for wanting to play baseball at a high level again. What's your take?

More: Are you rooting for Clemens' comeback?

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Roger Clemens has signed with the awesomely named Sugar Land Skeeters, believing that, at 50 years old, he could still pitch in professional baseball. Could Clemens still get outs in the big leagues?

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On Tuesday, "First Take" debated Roger Clemens' Hall of Fame credentials now that he has been acquitted of perjury. Clemens would be an obvious first-ballot Hall of Famer without the suspicion of steroid use hanging over his head, but Stephen A. Smith doesn't think that he should be in. Skip Bayless disagrees; he would put Clemens in for his career in Boston alone. What's your take?

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