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The HOF debate: Your reading material for the day

In today's Inside Baseball column, I tackled the dilemma that is the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot. And as some of you have already pointed out via email and my Twitter page, I have actually mentioned the name "Barry Bonds" and even done a complete 180 and said I would vote for him for Cooperstown.

(Yep, I'm stunned too).

I would vote down the line for Clemens and Bonds, as well as Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Jack Morris and Alan Trammell. I would think only Biggio is pretty well set to get in this year, with maybe Morris finally pushing through as well. It will certainly be an interesting vote.

(You can still vote on my post from earlier in the week).

In my column, I mentioned these two items that I found particularly interesting this week and here's links to them.

Pete Abraham's blog in the Boston Globe, where he says he's gone from a no-steroid guy to being totally wide open.

Ray Ratto's column at, where he makes his points at times LOUDLY! (Ratto is a longtime San Francisco writer who covered Barry Bonds)

Ian O'Connor has a similar view at Basically, he's willing to vote in bad guys if they're really, really good. That's pretty much where I am right now. 

---Mike Harrington
Twitter: @BNHarrington 

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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