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  • the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • Voting took place and nobody got in.

  • That isn't a surprise.

  • It is what was expected.

  • The three names that will be spoken of the most coming out of it are Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.

  • Say them in that order because that is the order in which they received votes.

  • Schilling actually got by far the closest he was over 70%.

  • You need to get 75% of the vote to get in Schilling.

  • I'm doing this from memory now.

  • I had the notes in front of me and I moved them away.

  • My apologies.

  • But he was, like 16 votes short or something like that.

  • He was very close.

  • Bonds and Clemens further down the line.

  • All three of them are in there.

  • This was their ninth year of eligibility.

  • You only get 10 years on the writers ballots, and then eventually, if you're going to get and you would have to be voted in by the Veterans Committee, so they have one more year each on the ballot.

  • And one thing that I think is worth noting about next year.

  • The symmetry of this is that next year will be the last year on the ballot for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, and it will be the first year on the ballot for Alex Rodriguez.

  • And I mentioned those because those are the three players of this era who have been most directly connected to performance enhancing drugs who are, no doubt about it.

  • Hall of Famers.

  • I mean, like, there's not there's nothing to talk about.

  • Not that they're the only ones, because there are others.

  • I mean, if Sammy Sosa had put up his numbers without any, um, questions about them, he would also obviously have been a first ballot Hall of Famer.

  • But a Rod, I mean, a writer's one on the very, very short list of the greatest players that ever lived ever lived there, not even close.

  • This guy's a shortstop who had 600 something.

  • What do you wind up with?

  • How many home runs did he wind up hitting?

  • I mean, he was a brilliant shortstop, a great shortstop who voluntarily moved to third base to try and win games in New York, even though candidly, he was a better shortstop than Jeter was.

  • But that's a whole other discussion Andi wondered how many home runs did he wound up hitting it almost 700 home runs.

  • So someone yell it out.

  • To me, it's worth saying that 6 96 he had almost 700 home runs and he was an infielder.

  • So I mean, what are we talking about here?

  • If he's not going to get and then nobody is and the same is true of Clemens, who wants seven Cy Youngs?

  • No one has ever won more than five.

  • And of Bonds, who won seven MVPs.

  • No one else, everyone more than three.

  • So the question is, Are those guys ever going to get in?

  • Do the writers have?

  • Are there any writers who are in their minds?

  • They're thinking my punishment, which is a terrible way to approach this, But maybe it's the way they're viewing it.

  • My punishment of them will be out.

  • Wait till their final year of eligibility and then I'll vote them in or will they just not get in?

  • Tembo, who works, has worked with me forever and is my number one confident when it comes to all matters.

  • Baseball tells me they're not getting in, and so a rod and his first year next year.

  • Who knows?

  • I don't know what's gonna happen.

  • So those were the the great names from the steroid piece of this.

  • And I talked at great length about that yesterday.

  • I've put my cards on the table.

  • My belief is those guys should be in the Hall of Fame.

  • That is a change of my original perspective, the original perspective I had on this.

  • And I wrote it in my first book, which I wrote.

  • I think I probably wrote that part of it in about 2001 or two.

  • Um, I wrote that those guys don't belong in the Hall of Fame and that if you would cheat at the game, you can't say that you love it.

  • And that was my perspective then.

  • And as I told you yesterday, my mind changed and the reason it changed is because my understanding of the circumstances changed.

  • I thought that something like 5% of Major league baseball players were using performance enhancing drugs, and thus they should absolutely be separated from everybody else.

  • But what I came to realize over the course of those years and investigations and Jose Canseco's book and congressional hearings, and everything else that happened was that it was so prominent in the sport.

  • It was so prevalent in the sport that you just know reasonable way to determine who was and who wasn't.

  • And you can't ignore an entire era of baseball when it comes to the Hall of Fame.

  • So put the best players in and let history tell the story.

  • So I would absolutely put in climates.

  • I would absolutely put in Bonds.

  • I would absolutely put in a Rod and there'd be nothing to talk about.

  • Or you could talk about it however you want.

  • But there'd be no discussion in my mind of whether or not to vote for them.

  • I don't have a vote, so it doesn't really matter what I think.

  • The other one was shilling, and what I would say is, I'm sure you've seen that.

  • What Curt Schilling did was after he didn't get in yesterday.

  • He wrote a lengthy post on Facebook, asking not to be on next year's ballot.

  • He is.

  • He is not in the Hall of Fame.

  • He's one of the great postseason pitchers of all time.

  • You don't need me to tell you what Schilling was, Schilling was as good a big game pictures I've ever seen.

  • He wasn't anywhere near the best picture I've ever seen.

  • But in my lifetime of watching the sport in a big game, if my life depended on the outcome, I would hand him the ball about as quickly as I would anyone I've ever watched.

  • And that alone, I think, gets you in on gun.

  • You add in his strikeout numbers and everything else to me.

  • He's absolutely a Hall of Famer.

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