No one is going to end up in the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. And yet, big names in baseball were in contention. Some for the last time.
No Temple for Curt Schilling. Nor for Roger Clemens. Nor especially for Barry Bonds.
If you look at Clemens’ stats and achievements, he should already be in the Hall of Fame. For quite a while now. As for Barry Bonds, he’s an automatic. He holds the power records of major league baseball ahead of Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, Hank Aaron or Willie Mays. All alone at the top.
The two, like Sammy Sosa for that matter and Mark McGwire, should have already received baseball’s top honor.
But the four are doped. Like Eric Gagné or Alex Rodriguez and dozens of others, if not hundreds of Major League Baseball.
As for Curt Schilling, a real redneck as there are so many in the United States, its case is different. I will come back to this later.
IF THE STATISTICS ARE GOOD …
Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds were therefore still punished for their doping. America’s veteran baseball columnists have been bigger than the MLB owners. They ruled that Bonds and Clemens are unworthy of the Hall of Fame. They did a job major league baseball never did.
Why would Bonds and Clemens be banned from the Temple, when Major League Baseball has kept all of their stats without even adding a tiny asterisk?
You can see that it does not work. If Bonds has hit 73 home runs in a season and 762 in his career, how can he get banned if his stats are valid?
As for Clemens, his records are incredible. Not to mention his seven Cy-Young trophies.
As we know, Clemens was bloated on steroids. Except that he was up against hitters also inflated on the same steroids.
What did major baseball do? He kept all of Clemens’ statistics and records.
So what would you do if you voted?
THAT THE BASEBALL CONNECT
Frédéric Daigle is a journalist for the Canadian Press in Montreal. But since it’s a news agency with services in Toronto, he’s a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America as a reporter linked to the Toronto Blue Jays. There are a handful of Expos-era veterans who are still voting members of the BWAA.
“I have been a member of the BWAA for a few years, but I am not yet eligible to vote. We ask for 10 years within the association. But I take the role seriously and I make my vote public every year. Personally, I would have added the names of Bonds and Clemens. Their statistics are valid and most importantly, Bud Selig, the Commissioner who has too often and too long overlooked the use of steroids, is himself in the Hall of Fame. Let baseball plug in, ”says Frédéric Daigle.
The solution he advocates?
In the section of the Temple that would host the doping people of the 1990s and 2000s, baseball would explain what the doping scandal was.
But that won’t happen, he knows it, I know it and you know it.
In the meantime, veteran columnists are doing the job the baseball tycoons don’t want to do.
THE CURT SCHILLING CASE
The Curt Schilling case is even more complex. Schilling is not incriminated in doping. Schilling, the fierce pitcher who shot a great playoff game as blood from an ankle injury smeared his uniform, is first and foremost an unlearned.
He is a staunch supporter and staunch defender of the right of every American to bear a gun. He made inappropriate comments about Muslims and some journalists. He is a big supporter of Donald Trump and above all, he defended the invasion of the Capitol in Washington by the hotheads of the far right.
In our politically correct days, in a society that is even more divided in the United States than in Canada and Quebec, Schilling’s words have turned against him all those who reject the words and actions of a certain right.
Except that Schilling has every right to defend the carrying of a weapon. Especially in the United States, where it’s protected by an article of the Constitution.
Love Donald Trump or not, he was elected by millions of Americans. And 74 million of them wanted his return last November.
Obviously Schilling lacked judgment in supporting the horde that invaded the Capitol.
That said, Curt Schilling is arguably a hothead. It is not the nicest of guests for a lunch. But he didn’t dope and he didn’t commit a crime.
If we kicked all the drunkards and idiots out of the Hall of Fame, there would be holes in the walls.
The right to be stupid and to speak loudly is also protected by the US Constitution.