Tommy Lasorda is the latest who don’t believe Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa should be elected to the Hall of Fame, in wake of their steroid scandal.
The legendary Dodgers manager/coach said he believes the trio of players are cheaters and shouldn’t be allowed to receive baseball’s highest honor.
“To me, they don’t belong in there,” Lasorda told the San Francisco Chronicle. “They cheated. That’s the way it is. If my brother did that, I’d say the same thing about my brother. I mean, I know those guys. They’re good friends of mine. But by golly, they didn’t do it the right way.
“I tell you, it’s a shame,” he added, following up with a question without referring to Bonds by name: “How in the hell could a guy hit 73 home runs? I mean, Babe Ruth couldn’t do it.”
Lasorda isn’t the only figure in baseball to feel this way. According to a recent Associated Press survey, Bonds, Clemens and Sosa don’t have enough votes to gain entry into Cooperstown.
With steroid scandals still very much on the minds of longtime members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America as they cast their ballots, the trio failed to muster even 50% support among the 112 voters contacted by the AP — nearly one-fifth of those eligible to choose. They need 75% for election.
Bonds, Clemens and Sosa are on the Hall ballot for the first time. Votes will be cast throughout December, and results will be released Jan. 9.