2013 Baseball Hall of Fame: A Look at the Most Controversial Class in Sports

Kevin W. RyanContributor IIIFebruary 15, 2012

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13:  Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig speaks at a news conference after the release today of the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball December 13, 2007 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. The release of the report comes after a 20-month investigation by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell who found that some of the sport's biggest stars - Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Miguel Tejada and Andy Pettitte among them - used performance-enhancing drugs. The report names 88 players in all, both past and present.  (Photo by Jonathan Fickies/Getty Images)
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After Barry Larkin enters Cooperstown sans a classmate, fans can only hope the next season brings more cheer. 

Diehards inquire here! The 2013 class brings in an all-time class of talent violently overshadowed by allegations of performance-enhancing drugs. Joining McGwire and Palmeiro are Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mike Piazza and Craig Biggio. These eight superstars collectively have all been accused of using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Poor Piazza was accused of being gay, too. 

Some Hall voters representing the Baseball Writers of America have actually commented: “I will not vote for anyone linked to steroids.”

Sure, Bonds was yielding a size-eight dome while blasting 73 homers in 2001, considerably smaller than his size from the ’93 days. But the simple fact is that he was never proven guilty. The FBI spent eight years of tax payers' money on an investigation on Bonds and those surrounding him only to issue a 30-day house arrest—should be a tough sentence in a $10,000,000 estate.

Either way, Barry Bonds is the greatest baseball player of all time. He holds an astonishing 17 MLB records—proving himself as the best five-tool player in the history of the game.  

And with Pete Rose already banned, it's almost as if the Baseball Hall of Fame doesn’t even matter. 

Are we even asking the right questions regarding this class? Like, how can Clemens sit there and deny his best friend’s (and former All-Star) testimony that he witnessed Clemens being injected? How corrupt is the system in place for famous athletes? If you believe Bonds is guilty, then how much confidence would you have for an eight-year federal investigation? 

Solution: Blow up Cooperstown and start over—the right way. A Tim McCarver-free Hall of Fame.