, Gloucester, MA

November 28, 2012

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Steroids on the Ballot

This year’s Major League Baseball Hall of Fame ballot is littered with supposed steroid users giving the voters a big dilemma on who to let in and who to keep out.

Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa, three guys with sure fire Hall of Fame numbers but links to steroid use appear on the ballot for the first time this year, as does former Red Sox post season hero Curt Schilling.

In the steroid era Hall of Fame voting has become much less cut and dry and each player needs to be evaluated on an individual bases, not just by numbers anymore.

Hall of Fame voters should vote Clemens and Bonds in on the first ballot, although they won’t, because it’s very clear that both were Hall of Fame caliber players before they took steroids.

If Rogers Clemens retired after the 1996 season there would be no question of his Hall of Fame credentials, and Bonds was a five tool player before he began to use the cream and the clear. Bonds on steroids was the best baseball player anybody has every seen.

It appears that Sosa was not a Hall of Famer without steroids and he may never get in.

Schilling is a much tougher choice. The former Sox pitcher has never been linked to steroids, but his regular season numbers are not Hall of Fame worthy. His post season numbers, on the other hand, are amongst the best of all time which has to count for something.

Super Saturday

The MIAA football playoffs took place on Tuesday and the Eastern Mass. Super Bowl schedule is set for Saturday and a couple local teams are involved.

NEC/CAL Tier 2 champion Beverly will meet Natick at Gillette Stadium Saturday in the Division 2A Super Bowl in what looks to be one of the best games of the day on paper.

NEC/CAL Tier 4 champ Lynnfield topped Tier 3 champ Amesbury in the playoffs Tuesday and will meet Bishop Feehan in the Division 3A Super Bowl at Gillette.

Other Eastern Mass. games at Gillette include Everett, who topped NEC/CAL Tier 1 champ Masco in the playoffs, against Barnstable in the Division 1A Super Bowl, and Cathedral, coached by former ME boys hoop coach Duane Sigsbury, will meet Madison Park in the Division 4A Super Bowl.

The Division 1 Super Bowl will feature St. John’s Prep will meet Brockton.

— Compiled by Nick Curcuru