Baseball’s so Called Steroid Era Players Should Be Admitted to the Hall of Fame
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America did not to elect any players into the Hall Of Fame earlier this year. The list of players eligible suggests that the voters were biased against the players because they played in the so called “Steroids Era”.
The Baseball hall of Fame is the home to the greatest players in baseball history; legends such as Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Lou Gehrig are enshrined there. Some of the eligible players this year, who would have been first ballot, enshrines were denied entry to the hall.
These players played in the late 1980s to the early 2000s which was baseball’s so called “Steroid Era”. The problem with that logic is baseball did not ban steroids until 1991, and did not start testing for them until 2003.
Because of the rampart use of steroids and Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) a lot of players from that era are still waiting to be inducted. The most notable players are Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds.
In 1998, McGwire and Sosa made baseball “America’s Pastime” again because of their exhilarating chase of the single season homerun record set by Roger Maris in 1961. Their chase for the record had the whole nation glued in front of their televisions, and stadiums were packed because everyone wanted to witness history. McGwire’s record has since been broken by Barry Bonds who had 73 three years later.
The Hall of Fame voters are now on a witch hunt to keep these men and others of that era out of the hall of fame because they feel the men cheated. The problem here is if baseball was not testing for steroids before 2003, how can any of the voters justify any of the men they have enshrined in the Hall of Fame? Steroids weren’t banned till 1991!
Craig Biggio was never a power hitter, and never tested positive for PEDs. He had over 3000 hits in his career, every other 3000 hit player with the exception of Pete Rose (Banned from baseball for gambling), and Rafael Palmeiro (Tested positive for PEDs), is in the Hall of Fame.
Baseball needs to replace their current voters and put former players who know how hard it was to play the game or elect the men that deserve into the Hall with their peers.