After Tuesday's report that Sammy Sosa tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, the Tribune asked its Hall of Fame voters again if they would vote to send Sosa to Cooperstown:
Dave van Dyck: TBD The "yes" vote has changed to a question mark, to an I-don't-know-what-to-do-about-the-entire-era vote. Thank goodness we have four or five years to clear the air on what was done by whom. Maybe. Allegedly.
Mark Gonzales: NO Character is taken into consideration on the Hall of Fame ballot, and Sosa could face trouble for lying to a congressional committee as well as testing positive the same year he corked a bat. He's banned on my ballot.
Philip Hersh: NO I love being able to say "I told you so" on this one. And what I had told you was, "No, no, a thousand times no," in answer to the question of whether I would vote for Sosa when he is eligible for the Hall of Fame. Now I would make it "a million times no."
Dan McGrath: YES I voted yes -- reluctantly -- last week. I'm not going to jump ship until the hysteria dies down and we can put the steroid era in some type of context. The whole mess heightens your appreciation for Andre Dawson-types.
Fred Mitchell: NO As we take the temperature of Sosa's Hall worthiness -- some four years until we will actually submit our votes -- the obvious answer is "no" following the latest revelation. Hopefully we will have more answers, better voting guidelines and more worthy players by 2013.
Phil Rogers: NO Flip flop. Flop flip. Sosa would have gotten a qualified vote from me before the report of his positive steroid test in 2003. But the voting today is no way, no how. Sosa's Hall of Fame qualifications were all about his power. Don't vote for Mark McGwire; won't vote for Sosa.
Paul Sullivan: NO If Sosa ever gets on the ballot in the Gladiator's Hall of Fame or the Cork Hall of Fame, I'd be happy to cast a ballot for him. But Tuesday's report is the smoking gun that prevents me from giving him my Hall of Fame vote.
Bob Verdi: NO When I suggested last week that we be patient (what's the hurry--), I meant it to allow for more information, such as arrived Tuesday. If he cheated, my vote would be no.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun