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January 9th, 2013
10:48 AM ET

Controversy surrounds the Baseball Hall of Fame ballots

One of the most star-studded and controversial hall of fame ballots in baseball history. About 600 ex-/current baseball writers vote on who gets inducted into the baseball hall of fame. Dan Shaughnessy, author of “Francona: The Red Sox years” and sports columnist for the Boston Globe, joins Soledad to discuss the controversy.

This new class of players have incredible numbers, but many are proven cheaters using performance enhancing drugs. Shaunessy has left out the proven drug users and is voting on principle, saying, “I’m holding the line because it looks to me it wasn’t a level playing field and some guys didn’t. I feel like you’re punishing those who didn’t and it’s not the best message to send out to our youth.”

He is confident about this method. He believes that the rules in baseball differ from the rules in any other case, saying,“This is not a court of law, we’re allowed to make these decisions based on suspicions. It puts everybody in a bad position and the easy way out. A lot of voters are saying this was the era, these were the times. Let them all in, the numbers are great. If the numbers are good enough for the hall of fame, I’m going to vote for the guy.”