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Tommy Lasorda tees off on alleged steroid users ahead of Hall vote
'To me, they don't belong' in Baseball's Hall of Fame
By QMI Agency


Former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is eligible of the Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time. (REUTERS)

Tommy Lasorda doesn’t think much of Barry Bonds, or anyone else on the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot who's been accused of using performance enhancing drugs.

"I tell you, it's a shame," Lasorda told the San Francisco Chronicle. "How in the hell could a guy hit 73 home runs? I mean, Babe Ruth couldn't do it."

The Hall of Famer, who managed the Los Angeles Dodgers for 20 seasons, teed off on a handful of players who are eligible for selection after admitting to or being accuded of steroid use during the last two decades.

Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens are eligible for enshrinement for the first time.

"To me, they don't belong," Lasorda said. "They cheated. That's the way it is. If my brother did that, I'd say the same thing about my brother.”

How about your godson, Tommy?

Catcher Mike Piazza, a 12-time MLB all-star, is alleged to have used steroids during his illustrious career. He made his first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot this year.

Lasorda managed Piazza, his godson, during his time with the Dodgers.

“I know (these) guys,” Lasorda said. “They're good friends of mine. But, by golly, they didn't do it the right way.”

By failing to attract 75% of voters last time around, Jeff Bagwell, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro are also on the ballot again. All have been accused of using steroids during their careers.

After the results are announced in the new year, an induction ceremony will take place for the Class of 2013 next summer.






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