MLB Hall of Fame Alienates a Life Long Fan with Steroid Witch Hunt
When the MLB Hall of Fame decided that players from the steroid era are not welcome in the HOF, they alienated my entire generation. I could have accepted if the HOF excluded Barry Bonds for his involvement in the notorious Balco investigation; Sammy Sosa for testing positive in 2003 for use of Performance enhancing drugs (PEDS), or Mark McGwire for admitting that he used steroids. But the MLB Hall of Fame decided that every player that I grew up watching is guilty of PED use.
3000 hits is not a magic number for Craig Biggio
Excluding Pete Rose and Rafael Palmeiro, Craig Biggio is the first player with 3000 hits not to get into Cooperstown on the first ballot since 1935. The exclusion of Biggio shows that the MLB HOF voters are conducting their own steroid witch hunt. Every player that I grew up watching is seemingly guilty until proven guilty. Even after a player is found innocent by a court of law, like Roger Clemens, the steroid era players remain guilty in the eyes of the HOF voters.
Jose Canseco goes from hero to villian
I grew up watching and playing baseball; in fact, I remember when I became a fan of MLB. It was the spring of 1987. My brother and I walked up to the candy store. Once we were there, we decided to spend 40 cents on a pack of baseball cards for my dad. The pack that we bought had a Jose Canseco rookie card in it. My dad gave us $1 for the Jose Canseco and we got to keep the rest of the cards. All of a sudden baseball cards became a way for us to make money, and we started collecting ourselves and following the game much more closely. Baseball statistics became relevant in my life.
How ironic is it that Jose Canseco –the one player that made me a fan of MLB– would be the player responsible for keeping the rest of my childhood heroes out of the MLB HOF. Roger Clemens, Iran Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire and many others never tested positive for banned substances. They were however, all named as alleged steroid users in Jose Canseco’s book “Juiced”. The HOF voters took “Juiced” and other hearsay as gospel fact. Canseco stated that 80% of MLB used steroids, but the HOF is taking it one step further. They are not excluding 80% of steroid era players. They have excluded 100% of the players on the 2013 ballot.
Who is guilty of PEDs? No one really knows
Maybe Canseco was telling the truth and those players used. Just because he was right about Mark McGwire, who later confessed that he did use steroids, does not mean that everyone that Canseco accused is guilty of steroid use. After all, Canseco has lied about a lot of things. He sent his twin brother to personal appearances. He denied using steroids himself in the past. He said that Clemens used steroids, but now he is saying that he doesn’t think that Clemens did.
Who knows what the truth is regarding steroid era players that did not test positive? Who is to say that Ripken, Murray, Winfield, Schmidt, Boggs, Gwynn, Puckett and the rest of the current members of the HOF never took PED’s? The MLB HOF covers the dead ball era (1900-1919) and the Negro league era (1900-1947), so why can’t it include the era that I grew up watching? They might call it the steroid era, but seasoned baseball fans know that it was the juiced ball era. Chicks dig the long ball and so did MLB.