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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.



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BASEBALL PLAYERS
Sammy Sosa CF
Barry Bonds RF
Craig Biggio 2B
Mike Piazza C
Mark McGwire LF
Rafael Palmeiro 1B
Alan Trammell SS
Todd Walker 3B
Roger Clemens P
BASEBALL WRITERS
Joe Posanski CF
John Erardi 2B
Tony DeMarco LF
Peter Abraham RF
Lynn Henning 3B
Tom Verducci 1B
Chaz Scoggins SS
Jayson Stark C
Pete Caldera P









SCORECARD
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     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        . . .

PLAYERS Win, 4-3
Simulation Protocol #01-11-2013 19:46:17

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GAME NOTES
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Game Date January 13, 2013
Game Duration 2 hours, 11 minutes
Game Weather 72o, Fair, Sunny, Wind 4mph from the south
Attendance not disclosed
Umpires Pete Rose


Bud Selig


George Steinbrenner
Official Scorer John Updike
Game MCP Sammy Sosa

Statistically great performers like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, both smothered in the steroid stew, will forever be part of the steroid era...Just as Cy Young and Honus Wagner are forever part of the dead ball era



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