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Wednesday News & Notes: HOF Ballots Released Today

Good Morning Cardinal Nation,

Here’s what I have for you today:

— As you probably heard, Marvin Miller, the father of the MLBPA, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 95.

— The Mets offered David Wright contract believed to be valued at approximately 7 years-$140 million.

— Redbird Rants takes a look at three Cardinals prospects to watch out for.

— Phillies’ catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended on Tuesday for 25 games after testing positive for amphetamine.

— Speaking of banned substances, the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot will be announced on Wednesday afternoon. Among the candidates are Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa.

I don’t even know how you begin deciding who should get in and who shouldn’t. Who took steroids? When did they take them? The people that admitted taking them, are they telling the truth about when they started and stopped? It’s such a gray area that I truly do not know what I would do if I had a ballot.

I think it’s unfair to keep someone out because of suspicion with no hard evidence. And even if we had it, guys like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were extremely successful throughout their entire careers, before and after they allegedly started taking these banned substances.

I think Peter Abraham takes a very respectable stance in his column from this morning:

But it’s also my belief that the Hall of Fame is a reflection of baseball history. There was a period in baseball when blacks were banned. There were 16 teams in 1920 and now there are 30. There was a Dead Ball Era. There was a time that pitchers were so dominant that they lowered the mound. There wasn’t a DH until 1973. You can go on and on about how much the game has changed.

The Steroid Era is a part of that of history, too. There was a time in baseball when everybody — owners, players, management, the Players Association, media — looked the other way at drug use. It was generally accepted that a lot of players took steroids.

If you had a ballot, which way would you vote?

SH

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