On Wednesday, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America did not elect a single player to the Hall of Fame. ESPN.com writer and OAG baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian tells Bill Littlefield his job as a Hall of Fame voter has become increasingly difficult.
The 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot includes first-timers Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemens. Rob Neyer of SB Nation joins Bill to discuss the likelihood that any of the three, all accused of using steroids, will receive enough votes to reach the Hall of Fame.
This week Nike, Anheuser-Busch, Trek, and RadioShack were among the pack of advertisers pulling away from former cyclist Lance Armstrong. Bill speaks with Michael McCarthy, who covers sports business for Sports Biz USA and Advertising Age.
Tyler Hamilton’s new book details his life in the world of professional cycling and the pressures to use performance-enhancing drugs in order to win on the global stage. Bill Littlefield spoke with Hamilton and his co-author Daniel Coyne about ‘The Secret Race.’
National League MVP Ryan Braun tested positive for steroids in October and was suspended for 50 games. It was announced on Thursday that the suspension would be overturned. Bill Littlefield has more.
Bill updates some significant stories in the news this week, including Barry Bonds’ sentencing; Mike McQueary’s testimony against Penn State officials accused of lying to a grand jury; and the ongoing investigation into Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd’s alleged drug business.
Roger Clemens’ perjury trial was expected to run for several weeks. However, the trial came to an abrupt end Thursday when Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial as a result of the prosecution’s use of inadmissible evidence. Shira Springer covered the trial for The Boston Globe. Bill Littlefield talks with Springer about the details of Judge Walton’s decision and the future of this controversial trial.
Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are having their days in court, but statistics from the first half of this season show Major League Baseball may have reached the end of its Steroids Era. Doug Tribou says comments by Home Run Derby champ Robinson Cano sum up baseball’s current crossroads.
The Tour de France begins on Saturday, and defending champion Alberto Contador is looking to repeat. However, his victory might be taken away from the courts, as he is defending himself against a positive doping test from last year’s tour. Charlie Pierce talks to Bill Littlefield about Contador’s predicament, along with another drug related issue involving golfer Robert Garrigus. In addition, Charlie gives his input on the two sport lockouts, and rails against the MLB’s plans to seize the Dodgers.
Lance Armstrong is currently under investigation by a grand jury and his former teammates have accused the seven time Tour de France winner of using performance enhancing drugs. Bill Littlefield and Karen Given stage a doggerel that presents two views of Armstrong’s legacy.