Hall of Fame election for Steroid Class 2013

Somehow the BBWAA must deal with this, but how?

Baseball has done a good job of dealing with the steroid issue, largely they have done this by just avoiding the question and problem almost exclusively. There were inquires, Congressional hearings and much more. The reports are out, the words have been spoken and now there are a few players that are up for vote to enter the Hall of Fame.

It is now the BBWAA, Baseball Writers Association of America, to sort out all the sordid details of many players now to become eligible for entrance into the Hall of Fame and what they will do about it is anyone’s guess. There were no rules laid down by the MLB in reference to this, and it’s every writer for themselves, as they try to settle the question that a lot of fans have some opinions about. Some are for certain players, and some are against the notion that players that have used steroids to a large extent, are now up for election to the Hall.

Curt Schilling, who is on the ballot, feels that the ‘big 3’ on the ballot Barry Bonds, Roger Clemons, and Sammy Sosa, should not be voted for in the vote for the Hall of Fame. Schilling gave his comments to ESPN, who he works as an analyst for. He went on to say that he was proud that his numbers were earned in a steroid free way, and were all earned without cheating. He said also that it would be interesting to see what happens with this vote.

The winners, who must receive at least 75 percent of the vote to make it, will be announced on January 9th, 2013.

Here’s the entire list of this year’s nominees:

Batting Stats
Rk YoB % of Ballots Yrs
1 Jack Morris 14th 66.7% 18
2 Jeff Bagwell 3rd 56.0% 15
3 Lee Smith 11th 50.6% 18
4 Tim Raines 6th 48.7% 23
5 Alan Trammell 12th 36.8% 20
6 Edgar Martinez 4th 36.5% 18
7 Fred McGriff 4th 23.9% 19
8 Larry Walker 3rd 22.9% 17
9 Mark McGwire 7th 19.5% 16
10 Don Mattingly 13th 17.8% 14
11 Dale Murphy 15th 14.5% 18
12 Rafael Palmeiro 3rd 12.6% 20
13 Bernie Williams 2nd 9.6% 16
14 Barry Bonds 1st 22
15 Roger Clemens 1st 24
16 Mike Piazza 1st 16
17 Curt Schilling 1st 20
18 Kenny Lofton 1st 17
19 Craig Biggio 1st 20
20 Sammy Sosa 1st 18
21 David Wells 1st 21
22 Steve Finley 1st 19
23 Julio Franco 1st 23
24 Reggie Sanders 1st 17
25 Shawn Green 1st 15
26 Jeff Cirillo 1st 14
27 Woody Williams 1st 15
28 Rondell White 1st 15
29 Ryan Klesko 1st 16
30 Aaron Sele 1st 15
31 Roberto Hernandez 1st 17
32 Royce Clayton 1st 17
33 Jeff Conine 1st 17
34 Mike Stanton 1st 19
35 Sandy Alomar 1st 20
36 Jose Mesa 1st 19
37 Todd Walker 1st 12
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/28/2012.
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