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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.
A different process?
Some voters submitted blank ballots. Other voters picked single, strange candidates. Others didn't vote at all.
A minimum requirement?
We could theoretically see a year in which there were no deserving candidates, but several exceptional players were on this ballot.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Now that Roger Clemens has been found not guilty on all six counts in his federal perjury trial, should he be enshrined in baseball's Hall of Fame? Clemens has solid baseball credentials for enshrinement with seven Cy Young awards and 354 career wins. But his appearance before Congress, in which he denied accusations of performance-enhancing drug use made in the Mitchell report on PEDs in baseball, and his subsequent trial took their toll on his reputation. How should the baseball writers vote when Clemens first appears on the ballot for Cooperstown next year?