2017 Hall of Fame: Election day good one for PED guys.
Jose Canseco claimed in his book "Juiced" that Ivan Rodriguez shot up with steroids, and the catching great didn't fire back a strong denial when asked about the charge.
"Only God knows," Pudge responded.
Was this an admission?
Rodriguez is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, as he was elected Wednesday along withbasestealing great Tim Raines and slugging first baseman Jeff Bagwell.
Three or four years ago, Rodriguez perhaps may not have come close to eclipsing the needed 75 percent of the vote because at the time a lot more voters were refusing to supporting players linked to performance-enhancing drugs.
Many have changed their stance, while a large majority of new voters overwhelming are supporting busted or suspected PED users.
Bagwell has been in the suspected class and received just 41.7 percent of the vote when he was first on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2011. He made it this year with 86.2 percent.
The 2017 vote, which included 442 casted ballots, definitely was another indication of the changing times, as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens' vote percentage shot up for the third year in a row in what was the fourth ballot for both.
Bonds finished with 53.8 percent of the vote, up from 44.3 percent last year and 36.8 percent in 2015.
Clemens was at 54.1 percent this year, a jump from 45.2 percent in 2016 and 37.5 percent in 2015.
Meantime, former outfielder Manny Ramirez had a decent first showing at 23.8 percent despite being suspended twice for testing positive for PEDs.
Two other sluggers with PED ties had slight jumps in support, Gary Sheffield and Sammy Sosa.
Sheffield, who was on the ballot for the third time, received 13.3 percent of the vote after being at 11.7 percent in 2015 and 11.6 percent in 2016.
Sosa was at 8.6 percent, his highest total since he received 12.5 percent as a first-time candidate in 2013. He was at 7.0 percent last year.