Last night Adam Rubin,the Mets beat writer for ESPN.com revealed his list of candidates that he voted to go into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer in Cooperstown, New York.
Among those he admitted that he omitted were Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and New York Mets catcher, Mike Piazza.
Here is Adam’s reason for not voting for Piazza – the All Time homerun leader for catchers.
I plan to wait a year on Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Mike Piazza before placing them on my ballot.
As a Mets-specific writer, I’ll offer a short reasoning on delaying a year on Piazza …
While there is no smoking gun with Piazza related to performance-enhancing drugs, there are enough things swirling around to at least cause me to pause for one year:
• Back acne that you do not see on players today, and which appeared to clear up as testing was instituted.
• Reporting to camp significantly thinner for spring training (with yoga instructor in tow) as testing began.
• Tearing the groin muscle off the bone — an injury suggesting he was bulked up beyond the norm.
First off let me say that I have met Adam on many occasions and he is one of the nicer guys that covers the Mets. He is always generous with his time and I consider him a straight shooter, and he is entitled to his opinion – it is his vote. But in this case I think he is way off base.
First off unlike Bonds or Clemens, Piazza was never dragged into court or named on any list of purported performance enhancing drug lists then to omit him from his ballot is onerous at best.
To pass judgement on Piazza because he had back acne, coming into spring training thinner or because of a freak groin injury is to convict him without a fair trial. All I know is I am 40 and I still get pimples on my back from time to time ( sorry for the visual) and there can be other reasons why the reasons he listed above may have occurred.
Look I am neither blind nor am I ignorant, I know there is a good chance Mike may have used P.E.Ds, but with out concrete proof that he did it to bar him from the Hall of Fame is just plain wrong.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Reserve second baseman from the ’67 season, Bart Shirley is 73 (1940).
Middle reliever from ’92-’93, Paul Gibson is 53 (1960).
Mets outfielder from ’90-’92, Daryl Boston is 50 (1963) Boston was brought in to make us forget about another Daryl – Strawberry. In short – he didn’t.
Sadly on this date in 2000 one of the best first basemen to ever come from the Mets farm system, John “The Hammer” Milner passed away.
The Atlanta Braves, signed utilityman, Bill Pecota of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 4, 1993.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Mickey Weston on January 4, 1993.
The New York Mets tradedstarting pitcher, Jae Seo and middle reliever, Tim Hamulack to the Los Angeles Dodgers for middle reliever, Duaner Sanchez and minor league pitcher, Steve Schmoll on January 4, 2006. This was one of then general manager, Omar Minaya’s best trades during his tenure with the Mets.
Mo Vaughn has been elected to the Hall of Fame. – No not the Baseball Hall of Fame but the Competative Food Eaters Hall of Fame !!!!