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Monday, December 03, 2012

Tommy Lasorda: Barry Bonds (and others) shouldn’t be in Hall of Fame

####### breadsticks in a bow-tie pasta!

Tommy Lasorda told me he doesn’t believe Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens or Sammy Sosa should go to the Hall of Fame.

“To me, they don’t belong in there,” said Lasorda, a Hall of Fame manager. “They cheated. That’s the way it is. If my brother did that, I’d say the same thing about my brother. I mean, I know those guys. They’re good friends of mine. But by golly, they didn’t do it the right way.”

Several Hall of Famers have said they don’t want players linked to steroids inducted into the Cooperstown shrine, and Lasorda is the latest.

“I tell you, it’s a shame,” said Lasorda, following up with a question without referring to Bonds by name: “How in the hell could a guy hit 73 friggin’ home runs? I mean, Babe Ruth couldn’t do it.”

Lasorda’s godson, Mike Piazza, also is on the ballot. There have been suspicions of Piazza — a 62nd-round draft pick in 1988 (as a favor to Lasorda) who hit more homers than any catcher in history — using steroids. But no paper trails. He’s a 12-time All-Star.

“No proof. I’ve got to say he didn’t take it,” Lasorda said. “That’s how I feel. I just don’t think he took ‘em.”

Repoz Posted: December 03, 2012 at 08:08 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 03, 2012 at 08:23 PM (#4315861)
Well, Tommy Lasorda does have first-hand experience with not deserving a place in the Hall of Fame...
   2. The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2012 at 08:44 PM (#4315881)
“No proof. I’ve got to say he didn’t take it,”
But the Sosa... with the thing... ehh, screw it.

Lasorda's "by golly" does match up well with Jack Morris' "by gosh" earlier today. Is Burt Ward going around possessing people?
   3. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: December 03, 2012 at 08:49 PM (#4315886)
On Bruce Bochy, Lasorda said, "I said this when he was in San Diego, he’s a good manager. Silent guy who does his job tremendously well.


The anti-Tommy.
   4. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: December 03, 2012 at 09:17 PM (#4315905)
So which ten dogs will be on Tommy's ballot?
   5. KT's Pot Arb Posted: December 03, 2012 at 10:35 PM (#4315996)
Tommy's being extraordinarily nice here. Imagine how tough he would be on Sosa if Tommy found out Sammy was gay.
   6. Bob Tufts Posted: December 03, 2012 at 10:57 PM (#4316010)
There have been suspicions of Piazza


To pick up on KT's comment, I wonder about Lasorda's opinion of the other Piazza rumors?
   7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 03, 2012 at 11:00 PM (#4316012)
There have been suspicions of Piazza


Predictably, Tommy was more interested in the rumors about pizza.
   8. bigglou115 Posted: December 03, 2012 at 11:01 PM (#4316015)
If everyone agrees that ex-players are very important and still relevant can they stop trying to prove it by agreeing to these kind of interviews?
   9. SouthSideRyan Posted: December 03, 2012 at 11:37 PM (#4316051)
“To me, they don’t belong in there,” said Lasorda, a Hall of Fame manager. “They cheated. That’s the way it is. If my brother did that, I’d say the same thing about my brother.


I'd say the same thing about my son if I had ever had one!
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2012 at 12:17 AM (#4316091)
Several Hall of Famers have...linked to steroids...and Lasorda is the latest.
   11. zenbitz Posted: December 04, 2012 at 12:19 AM (#4316092)
/clip from fletch
   12. Tripon Posted: December 04, 2012 at 12:52 AM (#4316111)
Tommy Lasorda PED is his big fat head.
   13. Ray (RDP) Posted: December 04, 2012 at 01:48 AM (#4316138)
“No proof. I’ve got to say he didn’t take it,”

But the Sosa... with the thing... ehh, screw it.


Hell, Murray Chass's bacne is more evidence than there is on Sosa.

   14. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: December 04, 2012 at 01:55 AM (#4316139)
But what is Tommy's opinion of King Barry's performance (enhancing drugs)?

If you showed Bonds a needle, he said, "Put that in, I don't f*ckin' give a f*ck... F*ck it! Put it in, TJ!"
   15. DA Baracus Posted: December 04, 2012 at 02:18 AM (#4316146)
To pick up on KT's comment, I wonder about Lasorda's opinion of the other Piazza rumors?


How the #### do you think he ####### feels?
   16. akrasian Posted: December 04, 2012 at 03:04 AM (#4316151)
Lasorda's "by golly" does match up well with Jack Morris' "by gosh" earlier today. Is Burt Ward going around possessing people?

For those who have been wondering how Burt Ward's Robin would mesh with the latest Dark Knight Movie.

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