Bob Costas On Baseball Hall Of Fame: ‘I’d Have Voted For Bonds And Clemens’
January 14 / Jake O'Donnell / SportsGrid
Bob Costas and Keith Olbermann are so into baseball they probably eat cracker jacks in their free time. Watching them talk about the Baseball Hall of Fame in January is jarringly interesting, seeing as they can barely contain their dorkish excitement.
Costas, who had previously said he'd vote for Clemens and Bonds, clarified his stance against Olbermann's rigorous, obscure-old-baseball-player-referencing cross-examination.
"The reason I would vote for Bonds and Clemens is that I would say without question, had they retired before ingesting anything more powerful than a protein shake, they would not have been only Hall of Fame qualified, they would've been near unanimous first-ballot hall of famers. I'd be tempering justice with mercy. I would have withheld the first vote -- just as a statement -- and then voted for them."
When compared to the situations of Pete Rose and "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, who are not in Cooperstown because of gambling, Costas believes that the rules they broke were "in the book" when they broke them, as opposed to Bonds and Clemens who juiced before steroids were tested for in 2003. (Steroids were banned by the MLB in 1991, however.) But he says even those two iconic examples should eventually make the cut.
"I wouldn't mind seeing 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson in the Hall of Fame," he added, officially making Bob Costas the Oprah Winfrey of controversial Hall of Fame voting.
"YOU GET A VOTE, YOU GET A VOTE, YOU GET A VOTE!"
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