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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Sosa belongs in the Hall of Fame

By Jon Greenberg



CHICAGO -- The day is here, the one that baseball lovers have been dreading. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and our guy, Sammy Sosa, are finally on the Hall of Fame ballot.

If you were sick of steroids talk before, well, the next month could be bad for you as writers and fans hash out what the Hall of Fame means and how we feel about ourselves as voyeurs to baseball's "Steroid Era."

Eligible voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America get to vote and players need to be on 75 percent of the ballots to earn induction. The results will be announced on Jan. 9.

Will Chicago be celebrating Sosa's Hall of Fame induction at the Cubs Convention on Jan. 18-20? Probably not. The local writers aren't too jazzed about promoting Sosa for baseball immortality, and I have a feeling their peers across the country will make a statement in passing him over. Maybe Bonds gets in, but not Sosa. The Cubs have all but erased Sosa from the organization as it is.

It's a little ironic, isn't it, a Chicago guy getting penalized for taking advantage of the gray area of the law? Since when is this city so square?

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