Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens weren’t inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday. They didn’t even finish in the top five.

No surprise.

Welcome to the Steroids Era Conundrum.

To paraphrase all teachers in history, “cheaters never prosper.”

Or to be a tad more sophisticated, “there are consequences for all your actions.”

Bonds and Clemens were at the head of their class in a rogue era in baseball history. A bunch of guys were juicing. How many? How much? Who knows? And therein lies the rub.

Bonds, one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, only captured 36.2 percent of the vote.

Clemens, one of the greatest pitchers in history, only captured  37.6 percent of the vote. Although Clemens was acquited on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress after denying that he used PEDS, the Hall of Fame voters obviously believe otherwise. Public perceptions skews the same way.  

They will have a few more shots at it: They were first-timers on the ballot and have up to 14 more years to make it to Cooperstown.

Here’s my suggestion: Create a separate “Steroids Era” wing and honor all the cheats. They deserve to be honored with a plaque. One that has a huge asterisk next to it.


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