Ross Newhan, former LA Times sports writer, as quoted by Jeff Passan in a Jan. 22, 2019 article, "Why Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens Aren't Getting into the Hall of Fame," available at, stated:

“Their use of chemicals to inflate body and performance was so far beyond circumstantial that it remains impossible to ignore, Do I feel badly about this given their Hall of Fame-worthy performances before what we call the steroid era? No, I think they took those Hall of Fame-worthy performances and cheapened them to such an extent it is impossible to ignore and was totally unnecessary.”

Jan. 22, 2019