Baseball Hall of Fame
Former San Francisco Giant MVP Jeff Kent and fan favorite J.T. Snow are among 19 newcomers to be listed on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
The late A’s announcer Bill King and SF Giants announcer Duane Kuiper were among the top picks in online voting by fans for the Baseball Hall of Fame’s broadcasting award.
David Ortiz led the Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the Mariners Wednesday night, becoming baseball’s all time leader in hits as a designated hitter. Are Ortiz’ accomplishments enough to get him in the Hall of Fame, where there are no designated hitters?
Lawrence Thayer’s “Casey at the Bat” was first published 125 years ago this week in the San Francisco Examiner newspaper.
There are no road maps for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. They’re on the short-list of best players in the history of baseball, but they’re heavily freighted with their ties to the so-named “steroids era.”
The union that represents Major League Baseball players was not particularly pleased with Wednesday’s Hall of Fame shutout delivered by the Baseball Writers’ Assn. of America (BBWAA), saying “to ignore the historic accomplishments of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens is hard to justify.”
While many people wonder if Barry Bonds’s alleged steroid use will keep him out of the Baseball Hall of Fame, San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Bear said it’s likely that some players from the so-called “steroids era” of baseball will be inducted—including Bonds.
The BALCO Steroids case continues now that attorneys for Barry Bonds have said they are appealing his obstruction of justice conviction to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams, who led the Oakland A’s to two consecutive World Series titles, has died in Las Vegas.