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.
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.
With the brief feel-good portion of the New York Mets' winter now behind us, the team appears to have returned in earnest to the business of trading R.A. Dickey.
Just when you thought it was safe to stop thinking about Roger Clemens, the embattled pitcher has returned.(1)
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.
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?(3)