The front page of the sports section of the New York Times on Thursday says it all.
Because it says nothing.
There were no new members voted into the baseball Hall of Fame.
There's a lot not exactly right with the process of the Hall of Fame procedure — several voters are old, have agendas or are just stubborn. It's takes a 75 percent vote to get in and that's not that easy when the pool of prospective candidates is large — all with their supporters.
But the message of this year's vote is clear. Among those shut out were Barry Bonds, Roger Clements and Sammy Sosa, all of whom were tarnished by alleged use of steroids or performance enhancing drugs.
This is not only a backlash concerning "cheaters," but for those who ignored it or looked the other way. The Steroid Era of baseball has tainted everyone who played during that era. How deep was the influence of PED's? No one really knows. A few bad apples are spoiling the batch.
There is even talk (no joke) of having a steroid wing at Cooperstown to honor on-field achievements of players who were getting an edge by juicing off of it.
A steroid wing? Interesting idea. But the rooms would have to be larger.