Larkin on Craig Biggio
“Craig Biggio is going to be there. So is Bagwell. All the guys who are deserving will be there. But the precedent was set today that if we believe you cheated, we are not voting for you.”
Kruk on Craig Biggio
“The guy I can’t understand why he didn’t get in is Craig Biggio. You’re lumping him in with everyone else. The man has 3,000 hits. He played the game the right way. Nobody has a bad word to say about him. He’s a family man. He’s a great person. How’s he not in the Hall of Fame?”
Olney on the “steroid era”
I think what it really comes down to is there is such an enormous split in standards being used by the various voters. For a period of about 20 years, people in the sport knew this was going on. That’s why I voted in context. Everyone had a sense. Maybe not exactly what was going on but this might have involved thousands of players in the minor leagues and major leagues. I don’t know exactly who did what – I just know this is what the history was. This is what baseball was in this 20-year period. I feel like my vote should reflect history and not dictate legacy.
Kurkjian on Mike Piazza
"He is a first ballot Hall of Famer. He’s the greatest hitting catcher ever. This speaks to how strong the voice is against PED’s. Piazza has to be in, except, for his connection to PED’s."
Kurkjian on Cooperstown
"I’ve had to come to the realization that the Hall of Fame is not a church. It’s a museum that chronicles the history of the game. It is not a holy place that is open only to those who have distinguished themselves on and off the field."
Kurkjian on Jeff Bagwell and PED’s
“I could not, not vote for Jeff Bagwell. I’m not comfortable as the moral arbitrator on this. Let’s not be naïve about this either. Guys have been cheating for 150 years and not only has it not been frowned upon, it’s been encouraged. It’s not completely different than scuffing a ball or corking a bat.”
Gomez on Hall of Fame credibility
"I did not for any of the steroid users or suspected steroid users. It’s a judgment call, obviously, which more than 60 percent of my brethren agreed on Bonds and Clemens. I don’t think this is necessarily a dark day for baseball. We’ve had times when nobody has gotten in. We’ve had decades where very few have gotten in. This is just part of the process. I suspect next year both sides will agree on at least three names being Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. I don’t think there will be any discussion on those. I think next year we’ll be celebrating."