The ballots of the Baseball Hall of Fame are due New Year’s Eve. Rumors are that voters are starting to open up to some of the cheaters in the game.
It appears that votes for Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are up this year over last and close to the 75%, that earns them a Hall of Fame induction.
Manny Ramirez, who was suspended in 2009 and 2011 for the use of performance enhancing drugs, is appearing on over 32% of the early HOF ballots in his first year of eligibility.
If balloters keep voting for Manny, it may represent a new record for ballot percentage for the first year of eligibility for players associated with PEDs that includes players such as Clemens, Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire.
In addition, if Ramirez moves up as other are now doing, he could become the first HOF inductee to have actually been caught using a fertility drug for women.
This is likely taking place after the Baseball Writers Association of America eliminated a few inactive, older members from its voters for the HOF in 2015, it appears that some of those opposed to cheaters left as well.
The younger voters appear more lenient when it comes to those caught or accused of using PEDs such as Clemens and Bonds in particular.
Some of the voters wish a standard could be made by MLB or the Hall that would help them determine what should be done with candidates who played during the steroid era.
It appears that none of those who played during the era such as McGwire, Sosa, Clemens or Bonds will be inducted this year but it also appears as though one or more of them might just reach induction over the next couple of years.
One player who has never been labeled as being involved with PEDs or steroids is Vladimir Guerrero. He played 16 seasons in MLB and spent most of it with the Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Angels. He possessed great skill with the bat, strong power, great running speed and a strong arm in the outfield.
His career average of .318 and 449 home runs has been accomplished by just five other players in the history of the sport and each one of them is a Hall of Fame member. They include Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Stan Musial, Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams.
None of those five is close to the 181 career stolen bases of Guerrero. The big question is if voters will consider his numbers enough to be voted in.