On Wednesday, the Baseball Writers Association of America and the Hall of Fame will announce the results of the voting that decides which candidates will be enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y., this year. It is one of the most significant Hall of Fame tabulations in recent memory.
Three major players associated with the steroid era — Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Sammy Sosa — are among those who were on the ballot for the first time. Another was Mike Piazza, who had the greatest offensive numbers for a catcher but because he played in this era couldn’t escape the steroid rumors. Ditto for second-year eligible Jeff Bagwell.