Steroids and Cheaters and PEDs! Oh My!

It’s that time of year again. The BBWAA votes for the Baseball Hall of Fame and the internet complains. If you’re reading this, then no doubt you’ve seen lots of other articles already; each filled with varying degrees of outrage. Listening to Joe Posnanski on the Brian Kenny show Monday morning, I heard Joe call for Baseball (capital B) to give the voters a guideline on how to handle the PED situation. You can listen here in hour 2 of the 1/6/14 show if you like.

Well, Joe, Baseball has given its guideline. Any player with a lifetime suspension from the game is not eligible for the Hall of Fame. Currently, you have to fail three drug tests to earn that sentence. Therefore, every suspected PED user, and even every one who failed a test, is eligible for entry. Done. Sentence served. Let’s get back to baseball, shall we?

Onwards to my vote, which I submitted to the BBA last month. (Results here.)

I see seven no-doubters on the HoF list:
Jeff Bagwell
Craig Biggio
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Greg Maddux
Mike Piazza
Frank Thomas

There are twelve more players with good cases. I pick Edgar Martinez,Tim Raines and Alan Trammell to fill out my ten spots. If you gave me a few more spots I’d take Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Tom Glavine, and Mark McGwire. Falling short for me: Jeff Kent, Larry Walker, Fred McGriff, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa.

Baseball Think Factory is doing a heck of a job compiling the results of all ballots that have been released to the public. After 146 ballots Maddux, Glavine, Thomas and Biggio make the projected cut with Piazza just shy of induction. After last year’s shutout, getting four players elected would be a huge deal for the backlog of qualified players. But next year Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Gary Sheffield all become eligible for the first time. So buckle up, this will all happen again in twelve months.

2012 Home Run Derby Preview

Andrew McCutchen was selected Saturday night to participate in the 2012 Home Run Derby. McCutchen is replacing the injured Giancarlo Stanton, who underwent knee surgery and is out 4-6 weeks.

Cutch will have to buck a trend of poor Pirate performances. In 2005 Jason Bay hit zero home runs at Comerica Park. 1992 saw Barry Bonds hit a measly 2 homers out of Jack Murphy Stadium. And in 1990, Bobby Bonilla put up a goose egg in Wrigley. (It’s worth noting that there were only 5 home runs hit in that entire derby combined. Ryne Sandberg lead the way with 3.)

2012 Home Run Derby participants (Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City):

National League
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
HR this season: 12
Career high: 39 (2011)
Prior HR Derby results: last in 2011, 2 total HRs

Carlos Beltran, OF, STL
HR this season: 20
Career high: 41 (2006)
Prior HR Derby results: None

Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL
HR this season: 17
Career high: 34 (2010)
Prior HR Derby results: None

Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT
HR this season: 18
Career high: 23 (2011)
Prior HR Derby results: None

American League
Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY
HR this season: 20
Career high: 29 (2010)
Prior HR Derby results: 2011 Champion, 32 total HRs

Mark Trumbo, 3B, LAA
HR this season: 22
Career high: 29 (2011)
Prior HR Derby results: None

Prince Fielder, 1B, DET
HR this season: 15
Career high: 50 (2007)
Prior HR Derby results: 2009 Champion, 23 total HRs, 2007 6th place, 3 total HRs

Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
HR this season: 27
Career high: 54 (2010)
Prior HR Derby results: 2011 6th place, 4 total HRs

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