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.”
Posted: December 03, 2012 at 08:08 PM | 16 comment(s)
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