Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa.
Three of the greatest baseball players of this era were shut out of the Hall of Fame this week.
Justified or not, the historical vote that resulted in zero selections has stirred debate among baseball aficionados.
“I think a message was definitely sent to the steroid era, with Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, and I’m not saying guilty or innocent,” said Thomasville baseball coach Erik McDougald about two players linked to scandals involving performance-enhancing drugs. “I’m just saying those guys that were associated with that, even Mark McGwire, they didn’t receive a very big percentage at all. It was definitely an interesting vote.
“My phone kept me updated with different guys and different percentages, some of it I agree with and some of it I don’t agree with.
“I was intrigued by it.”
Brookwood baseball coach Ken Johnson and Cairo baseball coach Ron Best were not surprised at the vote that resulted in nobody selected for the first time since 1996.
“Evidently the baseball writers are trying to make a statement, I guess you would say,” Johnson said. “I was not surprised that no one got in there.”
For full details, see Sunday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.