In a Los Angeles Times survey of a small group of BBWAA members, 10 said they planned to vote for Bonds and Clemens and eight said they did not. Others declined to reveal their votes.
The survey, while not a statistically valid sample, foreshadows a polarizing election with one side leaning toward recognizing the dominant players of the era and another side leaning toward barring any player tainted by allegations of steroid use, even if that player never failed a drug test.
As voters consider their decisions on the current class of candidates, they also wrestle with the long-term implications of slamming the Cooperstown door to a decade or two of stars.
“I’m troubled by the idea that we will wipe out close to an entire generation,” Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports said. “So, I’m constantly looking at this, trying to stay open-minded.”
...Even without such tangible proof, Gary Shelton of the Tampa Bay Times said he would vote “no” on players he believes used performance-enhancing drugs.
“To me, the question of PEDs is about what you believe, not what has been proven,” Shelton said. “This isn’t a court of law.”
Posted: November 27, 2012 at 04:38 AM | 18 comment(s)
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