I like that the Hall of Fame gives inductees Hall of Fame jerseys for their press conferences. I wish someone at the Hall of Fame, however, had anticipated Randy Johnson’s election, however, and maybe considered getting him one that fit him:
I suppose it’s possible that was intended to be Roger Clemens’ jersey. He’s packed on quite a few pounds since he retired. Oh well. At least Johnson now has a tent to take with him on his next vacation.
Pedro Martinez was talking to the press a few moments ago. He said this:
In other news, Pedro Martinez needs to do more TV.
It’s long been known that Major League Baseball agreed, in exchange for his cooperation in the Biogenesis investigation, to vouch for Anthony Bosch with prosecutors if and when they went after him for, you know, being a drug dealer. Today the Miami New Times — which broke the whole story — shares the letter actually sent to prosecutors by Major League Baseball’s attorneys, outlining Bosch’s cooperation. You can read it embedded below.
It’s a ten page letter and it goes into great detail in an effort to help Bosch’s cause out with prosecutors. And — for the first time — it is revealed that Senator George Mitchell met with the prosecutor on Major League Baseball’s and Bosch’s behalf. Between that and the length and tone of the letter, it may set a record for “putting in a good word.” I’ve seen cooperation letters before. Never have I seen one like this.
Bosch pleaded guilty to multiple counts related to his drug dealing. And, notwithstanding MLB’s comments about how Bosch’s help assisted in “sending an important message to young athletes who emulate their heroes,” those counts include charges related to his dealing drugs to teenage athletes. He faces sentencing next month. It will likely be far lighter than he’d otherwise face if MLB had not put in a good word.
“In time” for what, I have no idea. Heat death of the universe? Probably. The birth of my great-grandchild? Not sure how much money I’d wager on that. But the Home Run King is optimistic. From Barry Bloom at MLB.com, who asked Bonds what he felt about not being elected once again:
“I don’t have any doubts that I’ll get there in time. I’m bothered about it, but I don’t sit here going, ‘I’m not going to make it.’ I don’t see how it stays the way it’s going. In my mind, in my head, I’m a lot more positive about it than I am negative. I think eventually they’ll do the right thing.”
I think he’s right. It won’t be via BBWAA vote, because that’s never happening in the time he has left on the ballot absent some weird and unexpected directive from the Hall of Fame about totally disregarding performance-enhancing drugs.
It also won’t be via the Veterans’ Committee as currently constructed. They can’t even put someone loved and respected like Gil Hodges or Ken Boyer in the Hall, so they’re certainly not going to elect someone like Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens.
I think that, if Bonds and his fellow infamous players is ever to make it, it will be because the Hall of Fame realizes on some level that a handful of the best and most famous players for an entire generation of fans is not represented there and that this is not how it’s supposed to be. That you can’t tell the story of baseball from the 80s through the 2000s without Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Jeff Bagwell and others. And that, in light of that, some sort of special committee will be formed.
It may never happen, of course, But if it does happen, it will be some weird thing like that, not via the currently available avenues.
We saw Pedro Martinez and Craig Biggio’s reactions yesterday. Today we have John Smoltz’s reaction to his call to Cooperstown: