By Peter Barzilai, USA TODAY
Barry Bonds says Roger Clemens should be votedinto the Hall of Fame, and now Rafael Palmeiro says Bonds and Clemens should both go in.
I guess these type of guys look out for each other. And by type of guys, I, of course, mean players with staggering career statistics.
Bonds and Clemens will appear on the ballot for the first time in December. Palmeiro, who was suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball in 2005 after testing positive for steroids, has received 11% and 12.6% of the vote by eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, with 75% needed for induction.
“You’re talking about, in my opinion, probably the best pitcher of all-time and the greatest player of all time. Keep them out and then the Hall of Fame has no credibility,” Palmeiro told ESPNDallas.com.
Bonds and Clemens have been busy in retirement contending with federal trials that probed whether they lied — Bonds to a grand jury, Clemens to a congressional committee — about performance-enhancing drug use.
“It’s going to be interesting,” Palmeiro said. “I don’t know if they’re going to get in or not. But I’m sure they’d say the same thing. They didn’t play the game for the Hall of Fame. They played the game because they loved to play the game as kids growing up and it was their career, it was the way they made a living for their families and that’s what’s important.”
Palmeiro had 569 home runs and 3,020 hits over 20 years and says he realizes it’s unlikely he’ll make it into the Hall of Fame.
“I put that behind me already,” Palmeiro said. “I know what kind of career I had. I’m good with it. I can look at myself in the mirror and feel good and proud of what I accomplished. The Hall of Fame would be icing on the cake, but if it doesn’t happen, I’m fine with it. I will accept that and move on and live with it.”
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