The class of 2015 was announced for the Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday, and some well deserving players made the cut.
Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in their first year on the ballot. On his 3rd year on the ballot, former Houston Astro Craig Biggio was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as well. As has been the case for previous years, the big story is who was not elected. Baseball is getting to the meat and potatoes of the “steroid era” players, and they have a difficult decision to make. Players such as Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, who captivated a nation during their tainted home run chase in 1998, are being left of many voters ballots due to steroids. What about Barry Bonds the home run king? Will he be left out of the Hall of Fame? What about the “rocket” Roger Clemons, who has had his image tainted (in my opinion rightfully so), due to the steroid cloud?
The MLB is in a no win position for the next few year,maybe more,because of numerous all-time greats who played in the steroid era. Who did them and who did not?
We may never know who did the drugs for sure,however the Hall of Fame voting process will be debated for the foreseeable future. Would you vote for players such as Mike Piazza or Jeff Bagwell if there was no evidence of illegal steroid use? That’s the pickle that the MLB Baseball Hall of Fame voters are in;many great players will be on the outside looking in.