Found November 29, 2012 on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE:
Barry_bonds_160d
Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens are just a few of the names on the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. What makes these names different from the others on the ballot is that they have all been linked to performance enhancing drugs at some point in their careers. So will the voters allow PEDs in Cooperstown? Based on accomplishments alone, these players seem like Hall of Famers. Barry Bonds is the all time home run king with 762 dingers, and Roger Clemens was easily one of the most feared pitchers of his time. But should their involvement with PEDs keep them out of the Hall of Fame? It wouldn’t be the first time a player was kept out of Cooperstown for breaking the rules. Pete Rose is the most obvious example, as he was banned from baseball after allegedly betting against the Cincinnati Reds while managing them. Rose’s numbers (4,256 hits, 17 all star appearances, 3 World Series titles) easily make him one of the best players of all time, but his actions have kept him out of the Hall of Fame. Players like Bonds and McGwire have brought on the so-called “steroid era” of baseball, and it seems like a new player is linked to PEDs every other week. I’ve heard the argument made that if we don’t allow steroid users into the Hall of Fame, then there wont be anyone allowed into Cooperstown for the next 10 years. But would that really be a bad thing? If we allow Bonds, Clemens and even Alex Rodriguez in the future into the Hall of Fame, what message are we sending to current and future players? Sure, you might get suspended for 50 games if you get caught using PEDs. But who cares? As long as you put up big numbers, you can still be a Hall of Famer. If the voters really want to take a stand against steroid use and send a message to young players, then they can start by keeping these players out of the Hall of Fame. They have until December 31st to cast their ballots, and hopefully they make the right choice.
1 Comment:
  • As I recall, one of the qualities by which the Hall of Famers are to be judged is INTEGRITY. If a player is using PEDs, that does not seem to reflect any degree of integrity. Rather it shows not only a gross lack of integrity but a lack of respect for the fans that pay their salary. Now, maybe these guys are, one and all, innocent of the suspicions. And once they are cleared of suspicion, then, and only then, should they be considered candidates for induction into the HoF!

    NOTE: Although Pete Rose admitted to betting on baseball, he cateorically denied ever betting on Reds' games.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Bonds admits "I do really care" about Hall of Fame

During his playing days, Barry Bonds never worried much about getting chummy with baseball writers. Now those scribes hold the key to a place he'd love to enter: the Hall of Fame. Bonds was announced Wednesday as one of the first-time candidates for the Hall, and baseball's all-time home run king said he hopes the Jan. 9 announcement will include news that he will be...

Steroid era stars on Hall ballot

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are listed on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, setting up an election sure to become a referendum on the steroid era. The 37-player ballot was announced Wednesday. More than 600 longtime members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will vote through next month. Candidates need 75 percent for induction...

Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot Announced With Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa Listed for First Time

NEW YORK — Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are listed on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, setting up an election sure to become a referendum on the Steroids Era. The 37-player ballot was announced Wednesday. More than 600 longtime members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will vote through next month. Candidates need 75 percent for...

Roger Clemens reportedly sold real estate to provide for family in case he went to jail

Roger Clemens never wavered over the past several years in defending himself against steroid accusations. His attorney, Rusty Hardin, insisted no reasonable jury would have enough evidence to convict Clemens of perjury, and Hardin wound up being right when The Rocket was acquitted over the summer. However, it would seem that there was a time when Clemens wasn’t fully confident...

Bonds, Sosa, Clemens on 2013 Hall of Fame Ballot

The Baseball Hall of Fame has released the list of players on the 2013 Hall of Fame Ballot. The three most notable players on the ballot are Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens. This is the first time any of these players have entered the ballot. Regardless of whether or not any of these [...]

Green, Bonds, and Clemens on the HoF Ballot

This year's Hall of Fame ballot has been released and its headlined by Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. Both will be a true test to the steroid ear as Bonds and Clemens are arguably the best hitter and pitcher who ever lived (please note that I wrote arguably). But we here at TGR are less concerned about Bonds and Clemens and more concerned about first time ballot nominee...

Steroid era set to invade Hall ballot

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are set to show up on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, and fans will soon find out whether drug allegations block the former stars from reaching baseball's shrine.

With January’s Hall of Fame Inductions will come the rewriting of History.

This January, as it does every year, the Baseball Writer’s Association of America (BWAA) will be voting on the National Baseball Hall of Fame. What’s far from typical is the attention this year’s particular ballot will receive. Among those eligible for the first time will be Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Craig Biggio, Curt Schilling and Mike Piazza. In the cases...

Column: The Big 3 deserve a big no in Hall vote

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist It could have been the greatest Hall of Fame class since Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb were installed in the very first vote back in 1936. It would have been if those eligible had allowed their natural ability to carry the day. Barry Bonds never needed steroids to be great. It was already in his genes, and the numbers he put up...

Big names headline Hall of Fame ballot

The 2013 Hall of Fame ballot is going to be released Wednesday and is sure to stir the pot of discussion of how performance enhancing drugs (PED) figure into electability. The eye of the hurricane is of course, first time candidate Barry Bonds, who was convicted of felony obstruction of justice associated with the BALCO investigation.  He of the most prestigious record in Major...

It’s Time To Expand HOF Ballots

The BBWAA released the 2013 Hall of Fame ballots yesterday, and in a related story, writers from around the country made it clear that they weren’t going to vote for players that have been implicated in PED usage. Some even find it an annual tradition to be celebrated. Oh, the joy I will have snubbing Sosa, Bonds and Clemens (plus McGwire and Palmeiro, natch) on my HoF ballot...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.