Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens and all-time home run leader Barry Bonds are making small steps in their pursuit of Hall of Fame nods.
The athletes with tainted PED pasts began under the 40 percent mark of votes on their first try in 2014 and worked their way up to nearly 60 percent of votes in 2019. Clemens and Bonds have three more years of eligibility into the Hall if they garner 75 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America.
And Alex Rodriguez is jumping up and down, waving the pompoms and cheering them on from the sidelines.
"Of course I want them to get in, because that would mean that I have an opportunity to get in one day," Rodriguez told ESPN's First Take on Wednesday.
Rodriguez would first be eligible for Hall induction in 2022 since retiring from Major League Baseball after the 2016 season. The three-time MVP acknowledged his gaffes regarding PEDs, saying "I made my case [for the HOF] when I made my mistakes. And I'm going to have to lay in my bed." He now works as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
"If you think about Roger and Barry specifically ... If you stopped their career at the age of 33 or 34, they were both first ballot and then the noise [about PEDs] started. For me, it's just a shame," Rodriguez said. "I am certainly cheering for both of them. I like them both very much. They're both friends, and I'm in their corner."
Legendary Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and elite pitcher Mike Mussina were elected into the Hall of Fame on Tuesday, along with Mariners seven-time All-Star Edgar Martinez in his final year of eligibility.
"When I have a day where I have three really good friends in Hector, Mussina and Edgar getting in ... There's a small part of me that feels like I got in," Rodriguez said on First Take.
If Clemens and Bonds lack 75 percent of the vote from the BBWAA by 2022, Tuesday night may be as close as Rodriguez gets to the prestigious Hall.