Palmeiro: Hall of Fame has no credibility without Clemens, Bonds
Before Friday afternoon’s 40th Anniversary luncheon, Rafael Palmeiro said that he believes Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who are each eligible to be voted in the Hall of Fame for the first time this year, should be inducted.
Like Palmeiro, Bonds and Clemens have faced allegations of using performance-enhancing drugs during their careers. One of four players in Major League history with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits during their career, Palmeiro was voted in by fans as a member of the Rangers’ 40th Anniversary All-Time Team at first base and designated hitter.
“It’s going to be interesting but you’re talking about, in my opinion, probably the best pitcher of all-time and the greatest player of all-time,” Palmeiro said. “Keep them out and the Hall of Fame has no credibility. We’re talking a different level of player. Clemens and Bonds, 10 years before they retied they were the best player in the game. Clemens has seven Cy Youngs and MVPs, Bonds has the same thing. These guys dominated the game before anything was mentioned about anything. It’s going to be interesting but we’ll see. I don’t know if they’re going to get in or not but I’m sure they’re going to say the same thing. They didn’t play for the Hall of Fame. They played the game as kids, it was their career, it was their living for the families.”