Says the man who lived off of three spike years during the live ball era.
But “Mr. Marlin” doesn’t think he’ll be the only former player on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot to be denied entrance to Cooperstown. The way Conine sees it, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa — names linked to baseball’s steroids era — probably won’t be getting in, either.
“I think the writers are going to make them pay for that,” Conine said of baseball writers, who vote for the Hall. “I don’t think they’re going to let ’em in.”
If that’s the case, and Bonds, Clemens, Sosa and others whose names were stained by allegations of steroid use during their playing careers don’t land in the Hall, they’ll receive no objection from Conine. He doesn’t believe they deserve to get in, either.
“I think all the guys of my era and my playing time would probably agree, that if you didn’t do anything, you don’t see why guys who did should get into the Hall of Fame,” Conine said.
Like Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, Conine is appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. Given that a player needs at least 5 percent of the vote to remain on the ballot in subsequent years, Conine is well aware that this might be the only time he’ll be up for consideration.
Conine was a steady, though not spectacular player, during his 17 major-league seasons, during which he hit .285 with 214 home runs and played for both of the Marlins’ two World Series teams.
Posted: December 05, 2012 at 05:42 AM | 30 comment(s)
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