ESPN's Chris Berman, who's ego will rival any sports star says that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens belong in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The longtime ESPN staffer tells Lara Logan that and much more on 60 MINUTES SPORTS profile premiering Wednesday, April 3 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
Nver mind the fact that Bonds and Clemens are likely the biggest names synonymous with Major League Baseball’s steroid controversy, Berman says open up the HOF for the two. “I think Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should get in at some point,” he says. “I think because Barry Bonds was the best player in baseball, along with junior [Ken, jr.] Griffey, and Roger Clemens was a great pitcher before he allegedly did what he did, at some point I think those two have to go in,” says Berman.
Best player, best pitcher of the era, or else you eliminate the whole era, which if some voters want to do it, I’m okay with,” says Berman, referring to the MLB period in the 1990s and 2000s when, many believe, the use of performance-enhancing drugs rose and longtime records fell. “I would put them in and then I’d really have to think hard about everyone else.”
Berman doesn't say anything about Pete Rose. Rose has had more hits than any player in the history of Major League Baseball and is not in the Hall of Fame.
Rose was banned from the game for betting on baseball.