On Wednesday, in a hilariously pointless protest, a bunch of MLB writers who willfully turned a blind eye to the Steroid Era decided not to elect anyone to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year.
Among the stars who were snubbed on this go-round: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire. Of that group, only the latter has admitted to knowingly using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
Bonds received 36.2 percent of the vote, Clemens 37.6 percent and Sosa 12.5 percent. McGwire, who had been passed over six times prior to this year’s vote, received 16.9 percent – three percent lower than last year’s total.
While most of the snubbed parties just quietly took their medicine and went about living their lives, Clemens decided to pull a Clemens and offer his take on what transpired today.
So there you go.
It’s worth noting again, these writers accomplished nothing today. Their refusal to acknowledge key players from an era that a lot of today’s baseball fans grew up in doesn’t magically make that era disappear. If anything, it actually highlights it even further.
And because it simply can’t be overstated: the very same writers who are on their high horses now are the ones who completely and totally ignored what was happening in the 1990s because it brought more exposure to their sport than ever before.