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Is Robinson Cano on his Last Legs in New York?

January 10, 2013 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
Rich Gossage doesn't believe the HoF should be for cheaters.
Rich Gossage thinks any writer who votes for a cheater is a silly goose.

Robinson Cano has been studly for the Yankees for many years (winning his third straight Silver Slugger last year) and with free agency pending after 2013, something has to give. He’s in the final year of a deal that will pay him $15 million in 2013, but you have to know he’ll want A-Rod money after this year. However, the Yankees are hell bent on trimming their payroll to $189 million by 2014. Something has to give here, and it will be a fascinating storyline to follow this year as we see what will happen with the future Hall of Famer.

Speaking of Hall of Famers, the 2013 class will be a lonely one as the voters failed to elect a single player for just the second time in 40 years. Barry Bonds, the all-time home run hitter with 762 majestic (if PED-aided) blasts? Nope, didn’t make it. Roger Clemens, who has more Cy Young Awards than anyone? Nay. Sammy Sosa, eighth on the all-time home run list? Not even close. Also in his first try, Craig Biggio was just 39 votes shy of enshrinement, but no cigar.

Hall of Fame reliever Rich Gossage didn’t pussyfoot around his feelings about how this wave of steroid-era players were shut out:

“If they let these guys in ever — at any point — it’s a big black eye for the Hall and for baseball,” Gossage told AP. “It’s like telling our kids you can cheat, you can do whatever you want, and it’s not going to matter.”

Wow. Impressive candor on Goose’s part. But how can anyone argue with a single point he makes?

What do you think?

Were baseball writers correct in refusing to allow any of this current crop into Cooperstown?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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2 Responses to “Is Robinson Cano on his Last Legs in New York?”

  1. steve burkett says:

    Its not that I wanna preach or try to be moral because I’m no Angel myself but I love baseball.They messed up my records that I have been following since I started reading stats off the back of baseball cards.I was naive back then during the steroid era but I knew something was up.I thought that McCguires bats were corked and MLB was looking the other way because the game was in bad shape and needed an historical HR race.But watching the game for so many years I knew something was wrong.I think there should be a seperate wing for the hall of shamers.They could set aside a few years and say theres doubt in these years without really pointing anyone out and show the stats and compare them with the rest of the history of baseball

  2. RotoRob says:

    Thanks for sharing, Steve. I totally hear what you’re saying. I’ve been worried about this moment for years — how do we compare the achievements from the steroid era to the rest of history? The answer is we don’t. Not to oversimplify things, but my solution: assume they were all juiced, select the best players of the era and put them in the Hall and move on. I just don’t think there is a fair way to deal with this situation. Now you’ve got Craig Biggio moaning that he’s not in because he’s been grouped in with the alleged cheaters. What a mess!