Thursday, November 23, 2017
Sports

PEDs hover over Hall induction

RECOMMENDED READING


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The three men representing the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 have different credentials but one thing in common: They've all been dead for more than 70 years.

The afternoon ceremony at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will honor pioneers Jacob Ruppert, Hank O'Day and James "Deacon" White, after baseball writers failed to elect anyone for the second time in 42 years.

Outrage over performance-enhancing drugs kept out accused steroid users Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens. It also appeared to affect the candidacies of seeming locks with no obvious connections to PEDs such as Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza and Craig Biggio.

"When December rolled around and the ballots were out for completion, it started to dawn on us that there was a better-than-likely chance that the writers might not come to a 75 percent vote on anyone this year," Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said. "Disappointed? Yes, because we feel there are candidates on the ballot who certainly deserved consideration. But surprised? No."

What is likely to be one of the oddest ceremonies in years comes in the midst of the Biogenesis scandal, which has resulted in the suspension of Ryan Braun and an anticipated punishment for Alex Rodriguez, among others.

Several of the 34 Hall of Famers who attended Saturday night's reception at the museum expressed mostly frustration.

"This year, it's kind of sad," former Cardinals great Bob Gibson told cbssports.com.

"Guys cheated, created an uneven playing field — I don't have any sympathy for them," Orioles legend Brooks Robinson said. "There's probably a group out there that will never get caught. Who knows?"

Gibson, however, was willing to pass judgment, telling the website the scandal has not changed his opinion of Braun and Rodriguez.

"No," Gibson said. "They're both really good ballplayers. What surprises me is that the guys who are the best ballplayers in the world thought they needed to do that.

"But I've gotta say, if it had been me and I thought that somebody else was getting a little bit of an edge, I'm not so sure I wouldn't have done the same thing. I just don't know. … I'm glad I didn't have to make that decision. You guys would be talking about me instead of them."

Comments

Friday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballMissouri vs. St. John’s11 a.m.ESPNewsArkansas State at USFnoon820-AMVillanova vs. Northern IowanoonESPN2Wooden Legacy: St. Mary’s (Calif.) vs. Washington State1:30 p.m.ESPNewsTennessee vs. N.C. State2:30 p.m.ESPN2PK80: Portland...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Updated: 1 hour ago

Ugly injury sidelines Mississippi State QB

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald sustained a gruesome right ankle injury in the first quarter that forced him to leave Thursday’s game against Mississippi. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Fitzgerald was running the ball when ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bucs players, coaches say they cherish getting game balls for special feats

Bucs players, coaches say they cherish getting game balls for special feats

TAMPA — In the jubilant moments after a Bucs win, Dirk Koetter will sometimes ask for a game-used ball from his equipment staff, hold it high in the locker room and present it to the player who was most crucial to the victory.NFL players can ask for ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Sports in brief

SoccerStudy to look into soccer players and brain disease LONDON — A major study into whether soccer players are at risk of degenerative brain disease was commissioned Thursday amid concerns that the sport’s authorities in England haven’t done enough...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Jon Mott wins record fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

Jon Mott wins record fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

By BOB PUTNAMCLEARWATER — The Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot has long been a fixture on Jon Mott’s sporting calendar. Not even a 103-degree fever Tuesday could keep him away from the event, in its 39th year. Mott, a record four-time 10k champion, added ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Latest lineNBAFavorite Line O/U Underdog Portland 3½ (211) at BROOK New York 2 (207½) at ATL at BOS 8½ (208) Orlando at O.C. 8 (204) Detroit at MINN 4 (207½) Miami Toronto 1½ (216½) at IND at CLEVE OFF (OFF) Char. at DEN 6 (208½) Mem. N.O. 6 (229) at...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Chargers pick off Cowboys

Chargers pick off Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas — Philip Rivers and the Chargers are on the move. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys are fading fast. Rivers threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns in his first Thanksgiving game in his 14th season and the Chargers beat the fading Cowboy...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Captain’s Corner: Switching to bottom fishing for grouper, snapper

With water temperatures falling, offshore anglers soon will have less species to target. Migratory species such as cobia, kingfish and Spanish mackerel will be migrating south for the winter. Most offshore captains will switch to bottom fishing for g...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Don’t forget Ryan Callahan in Lightning’s resurgence

Don’t forget Ryan Callahan in Lightning’s resurgence

WASHINGTON — Much has been made about the impact on the Lightning of a healthy C Steven Stamkos, who missed most of last season after knee surgery.But don’t forget about RW Ryan Callahan, 32, who is looking like his old self after hip problems plague...
Updated: 1 hour ago