Steroids and the Hall of Fame

The use of performance enhancing drugs has thus far kept Mark McGwire out of the Hall of Fame. The general consensus is that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will also lose major support and probably miss the train to Cooperstown.

Now we have Alex Rodriguez, perhaps the biggest star of them all, the golden boy of all baseball writers. And baseball writers are the one who vote on the Hall of Fame. Will the steroids scandal hurt A-Rod?

Personally, I always thought he used. He was a teammate of Jose Canseco – and that alone puts one under the eye of suspicion. However, without the proof, he had my support (but not vote, since I don’t vote) for the Hall of Fame. The numbers are too big to ignore.

Now? He’s off my faux ballot. As well as Keith Hernandez’s imaginary ballot.

How about you?

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on February 12, 2009, in baseball and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I’m probably in the minority, but I put Bonds in the Hall unless we find out he used in his younger years as well. Depending on when he started, he probably had enough clean years that his numbers compare favorably to many already in the hall.

    I keep Clemens out, though that’s probably more personal than anything…I hate his cavelier attitude.

    I probably keep A-Rod out too unless he continues putting up big numbers for another 10 years all while being tested (and staying clean). His using in the early portion of his career is less excusable than Bonds/Clemens using later in an attempt to keep up their former dominance. Neither is correct, but the latter seems slightly more forgiveable in my book.

  2. at this point i can hardly remember whether using steroids in pro sports is illegal or not

  3. If Pete Rose is kept out for gambling, then why vote for the scumbag steroid users. They don’t deserve a place amongst the baseball greats.

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