One is Major League Baseball's home run king, the other is one of greatest right-handed pitchers to ever play the game. Neither is in the Hall of Fame, but should they be?
As writers continue to mull over the decision to allow Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens to claim a spot in Cooperstown, there's no denying a change appears to be afoot.
While the final votes haven't been tallied, Bonds and Clemens are nearing the 75 percent threshold to reach the Hall of Fame. As of 12:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon they were receiving 72 percent each, according to research done by baseball Hall of Fame tracker Ryan Thibodaux.
It's a clear boost in support for two of the biggest faces from the steroid era.
The Baseball Hall of Fame is littered with bettors and cheats and bigots and performance-enhancing drug users – Bonds, Clemens, and anyone else from the Steroid Era should fit right in.
Bonds hit 762 home runs during his 22-year career – more than any other player in the history of the game. He belted 73 of them in 2001 alone also making him the single-season home run champion.
Clemens was equally as dominant on the mound. During his 24-year career, he won 354 games and fanned 4,672 opposing hitters – numbers unequaled by any other pitcher outside of the hall.
For them it comes down to their alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. But as FOX Sports' Dieter Kurtenbach argues, Bonds and Clemens certainly wouldn't be the first.
"The Baseball Hall of Fame is littered with bettors and cheats and bigots and performance-enhancing drug users," writes Kurtenbach. "Bonds, Clemens, and anyone else from the Steroid Era should fit right in."
Kurtenbach points to players like Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Mike Schmidt and Hank Aaron, who are all in the Hall of Fame despite the belief many of them used amphetamines.
The ballots have to be postmarked by Dec. 31st and while it's too close to call if Bonds, Clemens or both will make it in this year, the results surely signal the tides of public sentiment may be turning.