There is no question about it, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are easily two of the greatest baseball players of all-time. In terms of WAR (wins above replacement) Bonds is the No. 2 hitter in the history of the game, trailing only the great Babe Ruth. Pitching-wise Clemens comes in at No. 3 on the list behind only Cy Young and Walter Johnson. Looking at statistics in a vacuum, both Bonds and Clemens would have been first-ballot Hall of Fame inductees.
But the question arises, how did they put up such lofty stats, especially late in their careers? Was it God-given talent and them keeping their bodies in great shape each offseason, or was it steroids/PED’s that helped them to pad their stats?
Most seem to agree that the steroids/PED’s did play a role in their advanced statistics as their careers went on and both Bonds and Clemens still find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to the Hall of Fame.
Former Detroit Tigers and MLB manager Jim Leyland recently joined WJR-760 and gave his thoughts.
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Leyland also talked with David Hall of The Virginian-Pilot about whether or not Bonds and Clemens should get into the HOF.
“I do. Yeah, I do. I think he’s a Hall of Famer. I think Roger Clemens is a Hall of Famer. I don’t know when they’re going to get in – if they’ll get in. I guess they’re gaining some momentum, from what I heard. They’re gaining some momentum.”
What do you think, Nation? Do you agree with Leyland on this controversial topic?