ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports activities Author
CHICAGO (AP) — The best way Corridor of Famer Frank Thomas sees it, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens may as nicely be enshrined if gamers linked to efficiency enhancing medicine are getting elected.
The Huge Harm, lengthy a critic of gamers utilizing PEDs, spoke out once more through the Chicago White Sox’s annual fan conference on Saturday.
“They need to be in now, so far as I’m involved,” Thomas stated. “They’ve let a couple of individuals in already everyone knows. It’s uncomfortable at this level. I’m positive this yr’s going to be uncomfortable as a result of we’ve acquired two nice gamers getting into, however they know. It’s no secret. In the event that they didn’t do it, they might be stomping and kicking and in interviews saying ‘I didn’t do it.’”
Bonds and Clemens, whose careers have been tainted by allegations of steroid use, have been handed over for the fifth straight yr by the Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America in voting introduced every week-and-a-half in the past. However each acquired a majority of votes for the primary time and might be in place to get elected within the subsequent few years.
Ivan Rodriguez and Jeff Bagwell did get in regardless of allegations of PED use together with Tim Raines, Thomas’ teammate with the White Sox.
Jose Canseco wrote in a 2005 guide that he confirmed Rodriguez how one can inject steroids. Bagwell has confronted hypothesis that he used PEDs primarily as a result of he went from hitting six residence runs in two minor league seasons to 449 with Houston from 1991 to 2005.
Raines used cocaine. However whereas Thomas was thrilled to see him get elected, he doesn’t actually assume gamers who used efficiency enhancing medicine belong.
“Not completely happy in any respect,” he stated to a spherical of applause from followers. “A few of these guys have been nice gamers. However they wouldn’t have been nice gamers with out medicine. … I don’t thoughts these guys doing what they need to do for his or her households and make their cash. However don’t come calling to the Corridor of Fame and say ‘I’m alleged to be within the Corridor of Fame’ when you understand you cheated.”
He stated if these gamers are going to get in then Bonds, Clemens and Sammy Sosa ought to be enshrined, too — in a wing dedicated to PED use. In any other case, hold all of them out.
Thomas stated different Corridor of Famers really feel the identical approach.
“Belief me, there’s a number of inner speak happening,” he stated. “Plenty of guys that I respect which might be actual, true Corridor of Famers, all they’ve is their legacy. They didn’t make this type of cash. … They’re not glad about this at…