The Baseball Hall of Fame is starting a drug education program for students and young adults – in the same year Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa will appear on ballot for the first time after careers tainted by steroid accusations.
While adding PEDs to RBI and ERAs among its interests, the Hall emphasized Wednesday that its new initiative wasn’t tied to the former stars up for election or the people who will choose them.
“It is not intended to cast a directive to voters about Hall of Fame worthy candidates,” shrine president Jeff Idelson said.
Bonds and Clemens will appear on the ballot mailed to voters around Thanksgiving. So will Sosa, who hit 609 homers.
RANGERS: Shortstop Elvis Andrus and Texas finalized a $14.4 million, three-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.
MARLINS: Emilio Bonifacio became the second player to defeat Miami in salary arbitration this year.
Bonifacio was awarded a $2.2 million salary by a three-person panel rather than the Marlins’ offer of $1.95 million.
Pitcher Anibal Sanchez beat the Marlins on Monday.
REDS: Signed outfielder Ryan Ludwick to a one-year contract that adds some depth to their team, and left-handed starter Jeff Francis agreed to a minor league deal.
YANKEES: Russell Branyan agreed to a minor league contract with New York and will try to win a bench job as a corner infielder during spring training.