August 19, 2010 by staff
Not a single SN voters, who become eligible to vote in the Hall of Fame after 10 years of the Baseball Writers Association of America membership, said they would vote for Clemens.
However, Thursday’s news of his being indicted by a federal grand jury do not appear to tip the balance against Clemens, whose number (354-184 4672 strikeouts with more than 4,900 innings pitched in 24 seasons) seems to be worthy of Hall -.
Their decisions appear to have already been thought.
“I do not think a vote for anyone who I believe is a cheat,” said Sporting News baseball columnist Stan McNeal. “I am convinced that he used performance-enhancing drugs, and that makes him a cheater.”
“‘Hall of Fame” and “deception” does not belong to the same phrase, “senior editor Carl Moritz said.
Each of the voters mentioned the concept of being “convinced” of Clemens had “cheated” by using performance enhancers during their careers.
Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire, who, like Clemens has numbers worthy of consideration for the Hall, but was criticized for not being forthcoming to Congress, has not been identified in more than 24 percent of the votes in four years of eligibility, despite his 583 career homers.
To be voted into the Hall of Fame, a player must be named on 75 percent of the vote. Many voters have expressed – in votes and comments – the same hesitation to put a check mark beside the name of McGwire as voters Sporting News’ had to say why they will not vote for Clemens.
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