“barbarians at the gate”...you are now on the clock.
To the remaining working members of the BBWAA and the ranks continue to thin out in the United States, they really don’t care what that stinkin’ jury decided. The barbarians at the gate, the BBWWA members, will continue to protect Major League Baseball even if the owners of the game realize that it is nothing more than a business, a part of an overall business portfolio for some captain of industry.
A player on steroids is bad. Owners colluding to keep down players’ salaries in the 1980s and an arbitrator’s decision to award the players $280 million in 1990s. Well, it is part of the history books. Owners, including George W. Bush, found guilty of bad faith negotiating in 1994 in the 1994-95 players strike, well that is part of history. Owners demanding new taxpayers stadium or else, that’s part of history. Hamilton County selling off a hospital to pay down the debt at the Cincinnati Reds baseball stadium?
Not a baseball writers’ problem.
Clemens will always have the baseball writers’ stigma of being tainted no matter what that jury ruled. Just look at what Mort Zuckerman’s New York Daily News (a publication that loses copious amounts of money and now has an executive editor Colin Myler whose last job was being the editor at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World in London—a paper that Murdoch shut down after allegations of wide spread phone hacking began to surface and a committee of Parliament held hearings on what might be viewed as widespread corruption at Murdoch’s News International.).
Zuckerman’s main baseball scribe, the Hall of Famer and scab Bill Madden, has made his thoughts known. On the paper’s website under Madden you will find this gem. “Roger Clemens not worthy of Baseball Hall of Fame induction despite not guilty verdict at perjury trial.”