Piazza Might Not Make The HOF This Year
This is just one example, but I read a few other guys who have left Piazza of their list this year. I am starting to really think he will not make it.
The overall voting results will be announced Wednesday at 2 p.m., with a player needing to appear on 75 percent of submitted ballots to be enshrined in Cooperstown and on 5 percent to remain on the ballot for the following year.
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 performancing-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.
...but funny thing is he has Bagwell making it and Bagwell was a guy that many thought used roids.