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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

On the Hall of Fame voting

The baseball writers have had their say. And they say the steroid era should be blocked from baseball history.

That's not to say they were right to reject Mike Piazza, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and several of the true greats in the history of the game from the Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday. They were wrong, actually. But that's what they did.

And because they did, consider it one more piece in the ever-expanding Bud Selig Museum of Baseball Embarrassments. (Move over, missed 1994 World Series; make room there, tie All-Star Game of 2002.)

Now, for as long as people talk baseball, they will have official proof that something was tragically sideways during what should have been one of the sport's most grand eras.

Once more, for the record: I voted for Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris,  Piazza, Pete Rose (write-in), Curt Schilling and Alan Trammell --- the maximum of 10. I refuse to punish anyone who may have done something to build up his own body in order to be a more productive player.

As for Sammy Sosa? No. He lost my vote when he was caught with a corked bat. Again, my view: It's OK to improve one's own muscles, but not the equipment.

Check out my column on the issue in the Daily Times Thursday and, as always, on 


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