Schmidt: No problem with Bonds in HOF
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Jim Salisbury

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt is not surprised that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens won’t be joining him in Cooperstown this summer.

But he’d have no qualms if they got there someday.

“I would not have a problem with Bonds or Clemens,” Schmidt said at Phillies camp. “Here we are convicting them of PED use and we don’t know anything more than we read.”

Schmidt said he’d need to see “a legitimate failed test” to bar a player from election to the Hall of Fame.

“I don’t think anyone that failed a legitimate test should be in,” Schmidt said. “But I’d need to see a legitimate test to know if what we’re talking about was actual fact.”

Bonds and Clemens were on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this winter. Players need 75 percent of the vote from voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America to be elected. Clemens received 37.6 percent, Bonds 36.2 percent. Both have been connected to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, Bonds through a Federal investigation and Clemens through the Mitchell Report.