At midnight on Tuesday, Mike Piazza's long-awaited memoir hits bookstores and Kindles everywhere. And the news contained within it, bizarrely and based on some odd expectations, is what Piazza doesn't do: admit to taking steroids.
Bobby Bonds was a cheater, but he dominated baseball over a period of years. The Hall needs to account for him. And then when my daughter and I pass the Barry Bonds plaque without posing in front of it, I can tell her about the time I saw Bobby Jones induce Bonds to fly out weakly to preserve a one-hitter at Shea Stadium in the 2000 National League playoffs.
The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York will announce its new members Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m.(4)
This week, the Baseball Writers Association of America released the 37 former major leaguers, retired for at least five seasons, who roughly 600 writers can vote into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Twenty-four of these are newcomers.
Roger Clemens, one of baseball's greatest pitchers ever, was acquitted of all charges in a perjury case against him on Monday. The case was something of a disaster for the prosecution. A four-year process by the U.S. attorney's office to charge and try him—twice, after the first trial ended in mistrial due to prosecutor error—was based upon sworn statements Clemens had made to Congress about never having used steroids or human-growth hormone.
For nearly 50 years, Murray Chass wrote for the New York Times about baseball. Since leaving the paper in May, he has written a "site for baseball columns" on which a running theme is that Mike Piazza took steroids when he was a player.(2)
For a team looking to honor its entire past, what could be more fitting than to admit John Stearns into the Hall of Fame? In a season like the upcoming one, showing appreciation for a Met who played on weak teams would be a useful example.