Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens should be in Hall of Fame: Ivan Rodriguez

A minimum of one present Baseball Corridor of Famer wish to see a future with Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens at his aspect.

Ivan Rodriguez, the catcher elected by the Baseball Writers Affiliation of America on his first strive in 2017, endorsed the eventual election of his contemporaries Bonds and Clemens, who fell off the writers’ poll Tuesday after they didn’t land the required 75 p.c help of their tenth and ultimate strive. Each can be eligible for consideration by the Immediately’s Sport Period Committee, which is able to convene in December after which once more in December 2024.

“The numbers these two guys put up, we’re speaking a couple of man (Bonds) that’s primary in dwelling runs within the historical past of baseball and you’ve got a man (Clemens) with probably the most Cy Youngs (Awards) in baseball. Clearly they’ve great careers,” Rodriguez mentioned on a Zoom information convention to advertise his look on the ClubCorp Basic golf event April 22-24 at Las Colinas Nation Membership in Irving, Texas. “… Hopefully someday they each may be within the Corridor of Fame as a result of their careers are unbelievable.”

Bonds and Clemens each fell brief, clearly, due to their affiliation with unlawful performance-enhancing medication, though neither was ever discovered responsible of something. Rodriguez overcame a public accusation by his former Rangers teammate Jose Canseco in Canseco’s 2005 e book, “Juiced,” to realize induction.

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens didn’t meet the voting necessities of their ultimate 12 months on the writers’ Corridor of Fame poll.
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Rodriguez’s fellow Corridor of Famer John Smoltz, who additionally can be taking part within the golf occasion, hedged on the matter of the 2 legends’ Cooperstown destiny”.

“What baseball will all the time know is that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are two of the best gamers to ever play the sport,” mentioned Smoltz, who allowed eight dwelling runs to Bonds. “Sadly for them, there was hypothesis, truthful or not. I’ve no proof on anyone on what they did or didn’t do.

Yankees Ivan Rodriguez tags out Orioles Nick Markakis at the plate
Ivan Rodriguez was eleced to the Baseball Corridor of Fame in 2017.
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“… Having competed towards Barry Bonds, it’s the best single problem I’ve ever had. He’s the toughest man to ever get out. I gave up dwelling runs to him and by no means as soon as did I take into consideration these 9 dwelling runs in an opposed method.

“… The method will take it the place it must go, and the top outcome can be what it’s.”


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