10 Steroid Era Players Who Will Never Get In the Baseball Hall of Fame

10 Steroid Era Players Who Will Never Get In the Baseball Hall of Fame

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With every Hall of Fame induction, we are reminded of the players who were not selected. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas are presumably clean, but all we can talk about are steroids. That is because there are many players linked to PEDs who are currently on the ballot. Add in the new rule that many think is to prevent these players from getting in (10 years of eligibility instead of 15), and the conversation won't stop.

10. Jason Giambi

10. Jason Giambi
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10. Jason Giambi

10. Jason Giambi
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Jason Giambi is surprisingly still on a major league roster well into his 40s. He is currently on the DL with the Cleveland Indians. He was one of the first players to admit to using, but his stats were borderline anyway. Despite the fact that he isn't hated, he will not make it into the Hall after his confession that wasn't really a confession.

9. Gary Sheffield

9. Gary Sheffield
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9. Gary Sheffield

9. Gary Sheffield
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Gary Sheffield is a player who would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but he had connections with BALCO, which was Biogenesis before that ever happened. He denies ever using anything for enhancement, but then he was named in the famous Mitchell Report later in his career. There is too much evidence against him for enough writers to vote for him.

8. Alex Rodriguez

8. Alex Rodriguez
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8. Alex Rodriguez

8. Alex Rodriguez
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The only reason why ARod is so low on this list is because there is time for many to become more lenient on the Steroid Era players. There will be new writers who grew up with these players as their heroes. Beyond that, ARod has no chance. He doesn't treat people well and he is a diva. Also, he has been lying about his use for his entire career.

7. Manny Ramirez

7. Manny Ramirez
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7. Manny Ramirez

7. Manny Ramirez
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Manny Ramirez has had one of the more interesting careers in MLB history. He went from a player who needed out of Cleveland, to breaking the curse of the Bambino (becoming a Boston legend in the process), to forcing his way out of the same town, to taking over L.A., to being the first big-name player to get suspended under the 50-game rule for PEDs, to having to retire a disgrace. Even if they are lenient on users, I don't see Manny making it.

6. Rafael Palmeiro

6. Rafael Palmeiro
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6. Rafael Palmeiro

6. Rafael Palmeiro
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Rafael Palmeiro was more adamant than anyone that he never did steroids. Then it came out that he was suspended for using. That broke many hearts around the baseball world. One of the only players to have 3,000 hits and 500 home runs was a fraud the whole time.

5. Roger Clemens

5. Roger Clemens
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5. Roger Clemens

5. Roger Clemens
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The day the Mitchell Report came out, there was one name that everyone had circled on the list: Roger Clemens. He was the big name. There were other lesser players on the list, but Clemens was the selling point. He had one of the best careers a pitcher ever had, but he will never live on forever in Cooperstown. Even though he probably would have made it without steroids, he still ruined his chances.

4. Barry Bonds

4. Barry Bonds
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4. Barry Bonds

4. Barry Bonds
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Barry Bonds may be the most famous alleged steroid user in history. Somehow, he has yet to admit knowingly using drugs despite many books, hundreds of witness testimonies, and the fact that his hat grew like 20 sizes. Add in the fact that he was never nice to the media, and there is no chance that Bonds will make it.

3. Jose Canseco

3. Jose Canseco
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3. Jose Canseco

3. Jose Canseco
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This one is kind of cheating since Jose Canseco is already ineligible for the Hall after not receiving enough of a percentage, but he is still on this list. He broke the news about the Steroid Era. Who knows what we would know now if he didn't write Juiced? He admits to using it, and he has been trying to make money off of it ever since.

2. Sammy Sosa

2. Sammy Sosa
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2. Sammy Sosa

2. Sammy Sosa
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Sammy Sosa is one player who went from being on his way out of baseball to one of the best power hitters ever thanks to steroids. He was part of the event that saved baseball. If it wasn't for the 1998 home run race, the sport could still be reeling from the lost fans of the '94 strike. He has gone mostly invisible since he retired, but he is close to being off the ballot entirely. A miracle is needed for him to make it now.

1. Mark McGwire

1. Mark McGwire
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1. Mark McGwire

1. Mark McGwire
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Speaking of miracles, meet the man who saved baseball. Steroids or not, Mark McGwire's home run record of 1998 put eyes on television sets. Baseball became a must-watch sport once again. Like they say, chicks dig the long ball. Now, he has admitted his wrongdoing. Despite his apologies, he is still only getting around 10 percent of HOF votes. It doesn't look like he will have a chance.

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