Over the past several years, I have become more and more a fan of baseball history. Reminiscing about players from the 1980s, when I first became aware of the game, and daydreaming about the all-time greats from prior generations has taken precedence over the current crop of players or the day-to-day ups and downs of the baseball season. The Baseball Hall of Fame means more to me than the Cincinnati Reds’ spring training roster or the “hot stove” action that takes place over the winter.
When the slate of candidates was announced for the Era Committee focusing on the “Contemporary Era,” I knew I had to make some “fun cards.” Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Curt Schilling, Fred McGriff, Albert Belle, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Rafael Palmeiro will be considered. An announcement will be made on December 4 which of these players, if any, will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame next summer. I would support and celebrate half of them, be indifferent toward one, and shake my head in disgust at three if they are selected. I have never been shy about my opinions of steroid users, and the way baseball executives turned a blind eye to them has always gotten under my skin. I will never support the celebration of a cheater.
However, I have included them in this small set of “fun cards.” As to not confuse anyone by labeling a steroid user as one of “Baseball’s Greatest,” I have changed the banner to reflect the Hall of Fame selection committee that will evaluate their candidacy.