Thomas, Maddux Could Help Heal The Hall in 2014

FrankToday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) The Baseball Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony this past weekend. But if you happened to miss it, well, you didn’t miss much.

That’s because no one got in.

No one living at least, as for the first time since 1965, there wasn’t a single breathing inductee on stage in Cooperstown, N.Y., to bask in applause and share inspiring tales from his glory days on the diamond.

“Instead,” the New York Times wrote on Monday, “in a rain-delayed and sparsely attended ceremony that underscored the lingering damage that performance-enhancing drugs have inflicted on America’s national pastime, the three men who were enshrined have been dead since the 1930s.”

And Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa – the trio of steroid-tainted superstars who were in their first year of eligibility, but shut out from the Hall – might as well be in the eyes of most baseball fans.

One year ago, I wrote that I wanted to see baseball’s Hall of Fame voters impose a one-year ban on inductions as a nod to the integrity of the game – or what’s left of it, at least.

In turn, I was satisfied back in January when the Hall announced that not only had Bonds, Clemens and Sosa failed to make the cut, but so too had new HOF hopefuls Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Curt Schilling, along with everyone else still on the ballot from Mark McGwire to Jack Morris.

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