We have reached a point in Major League Baseball where the steroid era is front and center with now several players who have admitted to or thought to have taken steroids being up for the Hall of Fame. There are players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and later Alex Rodriguez who may or may not have taken a performance-enhancing drug during their careers.
The problem that MLB has to face right now is if these players should be in the Hall of Fame. I would prefer that all of them were to stay out of the Hall for cheating but I just don’t see how that can happen without concrete evidence.
Bonds and Clemens were first-ballot Hall of Famers before all the steroid talk began and are the two who should get in no matter what in my opinion. It gets a bit foggy after that though with Sosa being a prime example. Sosa wasn’t much of a player before that epic 1998 season when he chased Roger Maris’ home run record with Mark McGwire. Sosa hit 66 home runs and hit 60 again in two more seasons. I don’t see how there is any way he would have done that without the help of something and there was a report three years ago that he had taken steroids.
However, unless someone has concrete evidence that Sosa did do something instead of just a report, you have to let him in too. I love baseball more than any sport and loved watching all those home runs in the late ‘90s and early 2000’s but like a lot of people, I had my head in the sand about it and saw it happen. You can’t change the record book so just let them all in if they have the numbers.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.