I was overjoyed to learn that no one was nominated for entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year ("Voters shut out players," Jan. 10). A few nominees, including Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds, were shunned in their first year of eligibility.

I have been patiently awaiting this: We are witnessing the backlash of negativism toward former ball players who allegedly abused steroids. The really lamentable thing is that these men would have likely traipsed into the Hall without the assistance, if you will, of steroid use.

Those players who used or abused steroids put themselves above the sport, and that is why I am happy to see these men suffer the consequences and futility of not gaining entry at Cooperstown. They should have remembered the old "if, then" adage when sticking needles in themselves to enhance performance. Now they are entering the "consequences" phase of their punishment. If the shunning by the baseball writers makes them squirm a bit, good. They had choices to make. Look where it has gotten them.

Keep them out, not just this year, but for every year, on every ballot. Abner Doubleday would be pleased at the message you are conveying to the prima donnas who played god and baseball simultaneously.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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