Inspired by the recent decision of the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) to not elect new members to the Baseball Hall of Fame, a series of games were played between baseball writers and baseball players.
This page reports on one of those games.
Moments after it was announced that there would be no new Hall of Famers in 2013 elected by the writers, the Associated Press quoted Hall of Fame Pitcher "Goose" Gossage in reference to Roger Clemens being skipped over: "If you don't think Clemens cheated, you're burying your head in the sand."
Others like Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley approved of the writers making a statement this way about steroid abuse in the sport.
But not everyone is on board with the writers: "The baseball writers (who have the power to vote players into the hall of fame) gave baseball yet another black eye today. Iíd even argue that they shamed the game, itís history, and the ghosts that came before them, more so today than any alleged steroid user ever did. Clemens, Biggio, Bonds, Sosa...all in their first year of eligibility did not get enough votes from the baseball writers. The writers who didnít vote for Craig Biggio should be removed from voting in elections because they clearly donít know the game of baseball.
The stink of steroid cheating has tainted everyone in this current professional baseball generation. The steroid abuse era of baseball has taught fans one thing: professional baseball isn't really about baseball anymore.
Inn. 1: PLAYERS [Starter] Caldera Sosa HR . . . 1 Bonds K . . . Biggio 5-3 . . . Piazza 8 . . . Inn. 1: WRITERS [Starter] Clemens Posanski 5-3 . . . Erardi HR . . . 1 DeMarco 6-3 . . . Abraham K . . . Inn. 2: PLAYERS McGwire 4-3 . . . Palmeiro BB . . X Trammell 8 . . X Walker E-6 . X X Clemens 1B X . X X@4:Palmeiro 8-2 X . X Inn. 2: WRITERS Henning 5-3 . . . Verducci 1B . . X Scoggins 5-3 . X . Stark 5-3 . X . Inn. 3: PLAYERS Sosa 3-1 . . . Bonds K . . . Biggio BB . . X Piazza E-4 . X X McGwire 6-4 F X . X Inn. 3: WRITERS Caldera K . . . Posanski K . . . Erardi BB . . X DeMarco K . . X Inn. 4: PLAYERS Palmeiro BB . . X Trammell K . . X Walker 4-6 F . . X Clemens 1B . X X Sosa HR . . . 3 Bonds K . . . Inn. 4: WRITERS Abraham E-1 . . X Henning 7 . . X Verducci 4-6-3 DP . . . Inn. 5: PLAYERS Biggio 8 . . . Piazza 8 . . . McGwire K . . . Inn. 5: WRITERS Scoggins 5-3 . . . Stark 9 . . . Caldera 2B/E-9 X . . Posanski 1B . . X 1 Erardi 8 . . X Inn. 6: PLAYERS Palmeiro K . . . Trammell 8 . . . Walker BB . . X Clemens 4-3 . X . Inn. 6: WRITERS DeMarco K . . . Abraham BB . . X Henning 4-3 . X . Verducci 4-3 X . . Inn. 7: PLAYERS Sosa 6-3 . . . Bonds 6-3 . . . Biggio 8 . . . Inn. 7: WRITERS Scoggins HR . . . 1 Stark BB . . X Caldera K . . X Posanski K . . X Erardi 4-3 . X . Inn. 8: PLAYERS Piazza 2 (Foul) . . . McGwire 9 . . . Palmeiro K . . . Inn. 8: WRITERS DeMarco K . . . Abraham 9 . . . Henning 5-3 . . . Inn. 9: PLAYERS Trammell K . . . Walker BB . . X Clemens 3-4 FO . . X Sosa K . . X Inn. 9: WRITERS Verducci 7 . . . Scoggins 6-3 . . . Stark 4-3 . . .
|Game Date||January 13, 2013|
|Game Duration||2 hours, 11 minutes|
|Game Weather||72o, Fair, Sunny, Wind 4mph from the south|
|Official Scorer||John Updike
|Game MCP||Sammy Sosa
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