Clemens & Bonds take the Money & LAUGH!

by Datechguy | January 10th, 2013

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Clemens & Bonds take the Money & LAUGH!

Today we are hear­ing a lot about the base­ball sports writ­ers send­ing a “strong mes­sage” con­cern­ing steroids with the HOF votes today.

Roger Clemens & Barry Bonds who might have been expected to breeze into the Hall of fame both failed to man­age even 40% falling behind Tim Raines at 52% in his 6th year on the bal­lot clearly prov­ing that as far as the BBWA vot­ers are con­cerned steroids are a whole lot worse than cocaine. This should be no sur­prise as Mark McGuire in his 7th year on the bal­lot fin­ished with only 16.9%

I think I’ll wait till next year to make a HOF judge­ment as it’s not unusual for peo­ple to with­hold a 1st bal­lot vote based on any kind of scan­dal but to those who are talk­ing about how it sends a “strong sig­nal” I laugh at you.

Bonds and Clemens and all the other play­ers who took per­for­mance did so to enhance or extend their careers. Accord­ing to Base­ball Ref​er​ence​.com dur­ing his last 10 years in base­ball Clemens made over 100 Mil­lion dol­lars. Barry Bonds over his last 10 years made over $140 Mil­lion dol­lars.

And how many other play­ers who you’ll never see on a HOF bal­lot walked away from the game with mil­lions of dol­lars they oth­er­wise would never have seen because of steroid use?

Mean­while I sus­pect very few of the writ­ers who voted have ever made seven fig­ures dur­ing any year of their lives.

I think that mar­ginal play­ers given the choice of mak­ing mil­lions for a few years with the drugs or not will take the dough every time. I sus­pect Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, Palmeiro et/​al given the choice of being filthy rich for life and hav­ing the base­ball writ­ers of Amer­ica vote against them vs being mod­er­ately well off and get­ting the writ­ers votes, will take the money and laugh.

As for my bal­lot if I had one; I would have voted for Big­gio, Lee Smith, Schilling, Edgar Mar­tinez and Bernie Williams. Tram­mel & Mor­ris would have been close calls for me and I’m curi­ous how the finan­cial busi­ness affected Schilling’s numbers.

On a side note I can’t believe Bernie Williams, Yan­kee though he is, didn’t even man­age the 5% to stay on the bal­lot. As a Red Sox fan I would be afraid any time he came to the plate.

Update: Ed Mor­ris­sey has some thoughts

Today we are hearing a lot about the baseball sports writers sending a “strong message” concerning steroids with the HOF votes today.

Roger Clemens & Barry Bonds who might have been expected to breeze into the Hall of fame both failed to manage even 40% falling behind Tim Raines at 52% in his 6th year on the ballot clearly proving that as far as the BBWA voters are concerned steroids are a whole lot worse than cocaine. This should be no surprise as Mark McGuire in his 7th year on the ballot finished with only 16.9%

I think I’ll wait till next year to make a HOF judgement as it’s not unusual for people to withhold a 1st ballot vote based on any kind of scandal but to those who are talking about how it sends a “strong signal” I laugh at you.

Bonds and Clemens and all the other players who took performance did so to enhance or extend their careers. According to Baseball Reference.com during his last 10 years in baseball Clemens made over 100 Million dollars. Barry Bonds over his last 10 years made over $140 Million dollars.

And how many other players who you’ll never see on a HOF ballot walked away from the game with millions of dollars they otherwise would never have seen because of steroid use?

Meanwhile I suspect very few of the writers who voted have ever made seven figures during any year of their lives.

I think that marginal players given the choice of making millions for a few years with the drugs or not will take the dough every time. I suspect Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, Palmeiro et/al given the choice of being filthy rich for life and having the baseball writers of America vote against them vs being moderately well off and getting the writers votes, will take the money and laugh.

As for my ballot if I had one; I would have voted for Biggio, Lee Smith, Schilling, Edgar Martinez and Bernie Williams. Trammel & Morris would have been close calls for me and I’m curious how the financial business affected Schilling’s numbers.

On a side note I can’t believe Bernie Williams, Yankee though he is, didn’t even manage the 5% to stay on the ballot. As a Red Sox fan I would be afraid any time he came to the plate.

Update: Ed Morrissey has some thoughts

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