Baseball Hall Of Fame Might No Longer Be Off Limits For MLB Steroid-Era Players – Hartford Courant

Roger Clemens could have kept his mouth shut. People would have believed what they were going to believe. But Mr. Clemens went to Washington in 2008, for an extraordinary day of political theater.

Clemens testified under oath that he never had used steroids. Rep. Henry Waxman, the chairman of the congressional committee grilling Clemens, did not believe him.

Nine years later, neither man has given ground. But the ground has shifted in the Hall of Fame voting, and players linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs no longer face exclusion from Cooperstown.

When the Hall’s Class of 2017 is announced Wednesday, Clemens almost certainly will fall short of election. But, for the first time in his five years on the ballot, he is projected to receive more than 50 percent of the vote, based on the published ballots tabulated by Ryan Thibodaux. Clemens would have five more years to get to the required 75 percent.

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