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"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? If you don't think Roger Clemens cheated, you're burying your head in the sand. I don't know if baseball knows how to deal with this at all. Why don't they strip these guys of all these numbers? You've got to suffer the consequences. You get caught cheating on a test, you get expelled from school." -- Rich Gossage
"I'm kind of glad that nobody got in this year. I feel honored to be in the Hall of Fame. And I would've felt a little uneasy sitting up there on the stage, listening to some of these new guys talk about how great they were... 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... I don't know how great some of these players up for election would've been without drugs. But to me, it's cheating... Numbers are important, but so is integrity and character. Some of these guys might get in someday. But for a year or two, I'm glad they didn't." -- Al Kaline
"Wow! Baseball writers make a statement. Feels right." -- Dennis Eckersley
“Curt Schilling made a good point. Everyone was guilty. Either you used PEDs, or you did nothing to stop their use. This generation got rich. Seems there was a price to pay.” -- Self-confessed amphetamines user Mike Schmidt
"It has been a great honor for me to be nominated for the distinction for the first time, along with other grand figures in this sport. Just being considered for the first time is a great prize in and of itself. In addition, there is always a next time." -- Sammy Sosa.
“After what has been written and said over the last few years I’m not overly surprised. Thanks to all the teams I’ve worked with and to the fans and friends for all the fantastic letters, voice mails, and texts of support over the last few years. To those who did take the time to look at the facts... we very much appreciate it. Muchie Peachie, Rocket." -- Roger Clemens
“I am absolutely amazed that Craig did not get in on the first ballot. I hurt for him because I know it means a ton to him. I hurt for Craig because you’re talking about 3000 hits and you don’t get in on the first ballot, that sucks. He deserves to be in right now. For me, it’s okay by me about me.” -- Jeff Bagwell
"Are we going to reward these guys?" -- Rich Gossage
Really Ray, Goose Gossage wasn't as good as Roger Clemens?
You get caught cheating on a test, you get expelled from school.
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