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Craig Carton Wants To Know Why Marcus Stroman Called Boomer & Gio Racist

“Carton noted that it’s not his fight to fight in terms of any issues with the morning show, but he would like to spread a message of positivity and love alongside the Mets pitcher.”

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New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman has spoken out against WFAN on multiple occasions in recent months. In the latest occurrence, Stroman responded to a tweet about WFAN’s morning show, where he claimed they’re “pushing a racist agenda,” but context wasn’t provided.

It caught the attention of host Craig Carton, who reached out on Twitter and on-air during his Wednesday afternoon show with Evan Roberts, hoping to have a conversation with Stroman. 

“Calling people racists whom you have never met and know nothing about isn’t a showing of LOVE – its a perpetuation of blind and uninformed bigotry – the very kind u speak so eloquently against. Lets work together hand in hand -to help put end to such nonsense. DM me when ready,” Carton wrote in response to Stroman. 

Carton noted that it’s not his fight to fight in terms of any issues with the morning show, but he would like to spread a message of positivity and love alongside the Mets pitcher. Stroman’s social media feed is regularly filled with upbeat and encouraging vibes.

“Ever since I got out of prison, one of my big life changes is empathy for others and being as positive as I can possibly be,” Carton said Wednesday. “I don’t know what Marcus Stroman’s life has been like, I have no idea, I’d like to learn.” 

So far, Stroman hasn’t publicly responded to Carton. Stroman has made just 12 starts in his career as a New York Mets pitcher. But a local Long Islander combined with his energy, confidence and charisma, Stroman quickly emerged as a fan favorite.

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Adam Schein: ‘Writers That Didn’t Vote For Bonds Make Me Sick’

“Don’t you dare, you fraudulent, hack gatekeepers, don’t you dare tell me my era of baseball didn’t exist.”

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If you caught Wednesday’s edition of Schein on Sports, you heard Adam Schein go off on the writers with a ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame that chose not to give their vote to Barry Bonds.

He described that group as “hey-look-at-me gatekeepers” and declared that they are “everything that is wrong with our industry.”

The Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2022 class will only include David Ortíz. The Red Sox slugger was the only eligible player to receive more than the required 75% of votes for induction. Bonds received 66%. He and Roger Clemens are among those that did not get in after ten seasons of eligbility. That means their names will come off the writers’ ballots in the future. If they are inducted, it will be by their peers on the Today’s Game Committee.

Bonds and Clemens have both been tied to performance enhancing drugs in the past. That is the moral objection some writers have to voting them into the Hall of Fame. Adam Schein reminded his listeners that Ortíz was tied to the same thing.

“Let me let you in on a little secret because I’ve been teasing this for five years after Big Papí retired. The fact that David Ortíz got in on the first ballot with a steroid taint and Clemens and Bonds didn’t get in is disgusting,” he said. “It’s disturbing. It’s wrong.”

Schein was adamant that Ortíz is worthy of induction, but given that he has the same issues Bonds does, the reason Ortíz got in and Bonds didn’t is clearly because Ortíz “knows how to work a room.”

In closing, Schein said this felt very personal to him. At 44 years old, Bonds and Clemens were part of the majority of his favorite years in baseball.

“Don’t you dare, you fraudulent, hack gatekeepers, don’t you dare tell me my era of baseball didn’t exist.”

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Gregg Giannotti Has Zero Time For Baseball Hall of Fame Takes

“What does it matter? I can’t stand it. It’s the worst topic in sports talk.”

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The 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame class was formally announced on Tuesday evening and based on the results, former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was the only person on the ballot to surpass the 75% vote threshold needed to be inducted.

On Wednesday’s edition of Boomer & Gio on New York’s WFAN, co-host Gregg Giannotti made it clear the topic was something he had absolutely zero interest in talking about in-depth or taking callers on to discuss.

“It’s just so stupid that we care what a bunch of old baseball writers that didn’t get laid until they were in their 30s (think and) what they care about,” he said to the laughter of co-host Boomer Esiason. “Who cares?! It’s a museum in Upstate New York. Why are you wasting your breath?”

“Get a hobby, will ya? You losers!” Giannotti added. “What does it matter? I can’t stand it. It’s the worst topic in sports talk.”

Esiason said he was kind of surprised his colleague was so fired up about this. Obviously, whether players in the steroid era of baseball belong in the Hall of Fame is a highly-debated subject. But Esiason said he didn’t expect Gio to begin their show on edge.

“I just saw you like 25 minutes ago, and you seemed like you were in a good mood,” Esiason said. “All of a sudden, you come right out of the gates screaming about something stupid.”

Gio said he just wanted to get the whole thing out of the way first thing so it wouldn’t come back up later.

“There’s some guy that’s 95 years old that’s starting to dial the number. Stop,” said Giannotti. “All right, Maury? Stop! Don’t do it, don’t call us, I don’t want to hear it. I can’t take it anymore!”

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KNBR’s ‘Murph and Mac’ Examine Barry Bonds’ Baseball Hall of Fame Exclusion

The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly joined the show to explain Hall of Fame balloting in baseball’s steroid era.

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Amid the current team owners’ lockout, now the longest in Major League Baseball history, the sport is still generating publicity. But the headlines have nothing to do with the labor dispute between the owners and players.

Generating debate is the controversial omission of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens from being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in their final year of eligibility.

This year, 394 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) voted in the election, with former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz being the only player on the ballot to surprass the required 75 percent threshold. Ortiz received 77.9 percent of the vote in his first year of eligibility.

Bonds and Clemens both allegedly used performance-enhancing drugs during their careers, significantly impacting their candidacies for baseball immortality. There was outrage in many corners of the baseball world Tuesday night following the announcement, and widespread disappointment from fans of the game who feel that an apparent “blemish” on baseball history is trying to be forcibly erased rather than remembered.

On Wednesday morning, Murph & Mac on San Francisco’s KNBR welcomed The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly to their program to discuss the exclusion of Bonds from Cooperstown and the negative perception the voting process is receiving by members of the media and fans alike.

“In 2014, the Hall of Fame sort of unilaterally changed its rules and reduced the time you can be on the writers’ ballot from 15 years to 10,” Baggarly explained. “There’s no doubt that was intentional to clear the way for steroid-era players that would otherwise linger on the ballot forever.”

Bonds is widely regarded as one of the best hitters to ever take the field, and is baseball’s current record holder for both the most career home runs (762) and the most single-season home runs (73). He also won the National League Most Valuable Player award a record seven times, also receiving 14 All-Star Game selections and 12 Silver Slugger awards.

“When I hear guys like Chris Russo tsk-tsk… Bonds for using steroids, [I say] ‘What, are you kidding me?’” said Brian Murphy, co-host of the Bay Area morning drive program. “How widespread it was in the game, how owners and GMs and team presidents never told players that they would be facing penalties and kept giving them money, and everyone collectively participated? Now, [it’s] ‘No, Mr. Bonds, you can’t do that.’”

For those who are not members of the BBWAA, the perception of the Hall of Fame announcement has generated negative publicity for Major League Baseball during an already-contentious negotiation towards a new collective bargaining agreement. Baseball’s all-time home run leader in Bonds and a seven-time Cy Young Award winner are barred from Cooperstown – for now.

There is another way in, but it is sure to cause even more public controversy, according to Baggarly.

 “Now [Bonds] goes to the committees,” outlined Baggarly. “All of [these] committees meet twice every five-year period. It just so happens that the Today’s Game Committee will meet at the Winter Meetings in December… and they can consider as many as 10 individuals [for the Hall of Fame]… Can you imagine if the panel who elected Commissioner Bud Selig will be the same people who don’t elect Bonds? If you think the writers are getting blasted, just wait.”

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