The steroid era in baseball gives the sport an awful rap, especially since the sport chose to ignore the fact that players were becoming quicker with the bat and faster with the arm year by year. However, during the span of baseball it was arguably one of the best times to watch baseball. From 1998 to 2007 you got to watch players that destroyed the baseball and broke records doing it. Instead of trying to hide that, why not embrace it?
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are both on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year and with the voting being tallied and announced Wednesday, there is a possible chance that neither player will get enshrined on their first try. I find that rather appalling.
Bonds is a man who took steroids and put a dying sport, for some time, back on the map. There was almost an instance where you wanted to watch what Bonds did every game because you never know if a new record was coming that he could break. In 2001, he hit a single-season record of 73 home runs passing the mark set by Mark McGwire, who used HGH.
Bonds then went along to break Hank Aaron’s home run record, a feat that may never be broken ever again. Regardless of the steroid use, how can you deny a man from the Hall of Fame? The records supersede his character flaws, which should give him a pass to enshrinement.
Roger Clemens is another one that never admitted to using steroids and beat the judicial system a few times. Clemens was a flamethrowing pitcher and seven-time Cy Young award winner. He also has the World Series ring and 300 wins to get him his ticket to the Hall. If the man so raveled in steroid allegation and never once was proved to ever do the substance is not allowed into the place to crown the best of the best than what are the baseball writers actually voting on?
No doubt there are some players well deserving of the Hall like Tim Raines or Craig Biggio, but give it to them over the home run king? That’s blasphemous.
You may think that it is hurting the game by letting these people in, but it really is not. Greenies were rampant in the majors for quite some time prior to steroids as well as steroids used for horses. The only ones that are tainting the game are the ones that don’t embrace baseball’s history. You cannot ignore what happened. Bonds and Clemens performances on the field spoke for themselves.
Put them in coach!
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