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Bonds! Clemens! Sosa! Biggio! Schilling! The CSN Insiders go deep on five Hall of Fame candidates

Jan 8, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT

Barry Bonds 1993

We here at HBT have been doing drive-bys on all of the Hall of Fame candidates for some time, but on the eve of the Hall of Fame results becoming public, the insiders at Comcast Sportsnet offer you five in-depth takes on five of the top Hall of Fame candidates in 2013:

Andrew Baggarly of assess the problematic case of Barry Bonds:

Bonds was the most talented hitter I’ve ever seen. He was a savant. He predicted pitch after pitch from the dugout, leaving his teammates in amazement. Perhaps only Ted Williams had his combination of cunning, vision and confidence.

Sean McAdam of talks about Roger Clemens before he was assumed to have started taking PEDs:

If you put Clemens’ before-and-after date at 1996, he had won three Cy Young Awards, an MVP and had tied Cy Young as the winningest pitcher in Red Sox history.

Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki of take on Sammy Sosa, and take on Sosa … and continue to take on Sosa

Only seven men have hit more than the 609 home runs Sammy Sosa slammed during his big-league career. He did it with a flair for the dramatic, inside one of baseball’s cathedrals, while playing for a marquee franchise.

John Kelly of looks at Craig Biggio:

Craig Biggio is in his first year of eligibility, and in an ordinary year would be a shoe in for induction — 3,060 hits, 668 doubles, 291 home runs, 1,175 RBIs and 1,844 runs scored in a career that spanned 20 seasons, all in a Houston uniform. But this is no ordinary year.

Finally, Jim Salisbury of gives us the candidacy of Curt Schilling:

Any look at Schilling’s candidacy has to go heavy on his postseason work: He won World Series in 2001, 2004 and 2007;  He was 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA and a .968 WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) in 19 postseason starts; He was 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in five elimination starts. (His team won all five.); He was the MVP of the 1993 NLCS with the Phillies; He was the co-MVP of the 2001 World Series with the Diamondbacks.

That’s the overview, but where do our insiders come down on each candidate? How did they vote and, more importantly, what do these guys — who know their subjects better than anyone — think will happen tomorrow when the vote is revealed?

Do yourself a favor and take some time with these in-depth looks.  Because after tomorrow, it will all be history for another year.

  1. lazlosother - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    No no no. After tomorrow we’ll have a week or two of hair pulling, eye gouging, and gnashing of the teeth. Not that that’s a bad thing.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    So apprently now according to the Sammy Sosa thing you should get extra credit for your numbers when you play for certain teams. Sound argument.

    • seeingwhatsticks - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      The same argument is there for Clemens and the fact that he was tied for the franchise record for wins when he left Boston. Should the franchise record holders for wins for every franchise be elected to the hall?

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        Agree with that.

    • nbjays - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      It has always worked for Yankee players… just sayin’.

  3. tackleberries - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Great arguments for everyone except Sosa. His cathedral, while legendary, is more like a chapel in size.

  4. florida76 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Funny how the Comcast Chicago guys would think the Cubs are a marquee franchise, reality says something different. No sports franchise can call itself marquee when no living fan has a personal memory of a World Title.

  5. butchhuskey - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Schilling is one of those guys whom I remember being better than he actually was. That’s not to say he wasn’t good but his Hall of Fame case is very reliant on his postseason stats. The fact that he has such a great strikeout to walk ration is impressive, but I still think he’s pretty borderline.

  6. eaglesfan723 - Jan 9, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Could you imagine what their baseball statistics would like like if they would have done steroids??…on wait…

  7. Spiro Agnew - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    How does piazza not make that list?

  8. makeham98 - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Piazza isn’t on there because the guys quoted are talking about their local guy, no NY person. Or effete snob.

  9. buffalomafia - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I can see Bonds,Clemons & Biggio along with Big Mac!

    Schilling for real? Not!

  10. skarfacci - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    They should all get in. Simple. Case closed. I don’t care about PEDs. There effect is marginal at best. Indisputable talent is indispensable. And they practiced and worked hard for their stat lines. Ever check out the size of some of these guys in the NFL. No PEDs? Who you kiddin’?

  11. coolblues56 - Jan 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Call me crazy, but we have already have a racist psychopath in the Hall (Ty Cobb) and a pitcher who loved to bean batters in the head area (Lefty Grove), so we are going to disqualify guys now because they took PED? The BBWA didn’t think about Cobb or Grove’s personality in 1936 or whenever, they just looked at the numbers and the accomplishments. Maybe they should go back to that mindset…?

  12. 85pmart - Jan 11, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    It’s already history. And his story, any of them, is tough apples. Weren’t the “rules” in place before these clowns decided to take roids? Most abide by the rules, some don’t. Does it matter? HOF ought to let it slide? Let’s not go through this same bullshit every year. Let ’em in, or, don’t let ’em in, decide, and make it permanent.

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