Hall of Fame Shutout

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Wow. Can’t say I didn’t see this one coming.

For the second time in 42 years and 8th time overall, the Baseball Writers decided not to elect one player into the Hall of Fame. Primarily citing the Steroid Era for the reason, they are sending a message to players from the Steroid Era, if you were rumored to have used Performance Enhancing Drugs, you will not get into the Hall of Fame.

It’s tough to see this happen. I grew up watching the careers of many of the players who found their way onto the ballot. There were some snubs which I thought were understandable, players like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmerio, and Mark McGwire. But then on the flip side, Craig Biggio and Mike Piazza were questionable snubs. Biggio was a hard nosed player, one who played the game right for 20 years in the league. Piazza on the other hand, was one of the most dangerous power hitting catchers of not only his generation, but in baseball history. Both players changed their positions, and added a different dimension to the game.

But while players get 15 years on the ballot, its never certain that they will get that chance to make the Hall of Fame. Jack Morris, a starter who dominated in the AL during the 1980s didn’t get the call, but he has one more chance next season. But next year’s ballot will have some stiff competition, with Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas all eligible for the first time.

There are 2 sides of the argument, one side has me a little infuriated while the other has me standing up for the integrity of the game. The career leader in home runs (Bonds), a pitcher with 354 wins (Roger Clemens), the only player who to hit 60 home runs in 3 different seasons (Sosa), and a player who hit 3,060 hits over his career (Biggio), all were shutout. Some had baggage from the Steroid Era, but does that really take away the fact that they weren’t great baseball players? Bonds was a guaranteed Hall of Famer before his alleged Steroid use, which many pinpoint to around 1998 or 1999. What about Roger Clemens? He was acquitted of all charges, and we need to remember he was one of the most dominant pitchers of his generation. But then there is Sammy Sosa. Repeatedly was caught trying to deceive us. He not only was mentioned in a report citing Performance Enhancing Drug use, but also was caught witha  corked bat during his career. Worthy of a call to the Hall of Fame? Probably not. If Pete Rose is still not in the Hall of Fame, Sosa will probably never make it. I appreciate what the Baseball Writers did, just not sure I completely agree with the statement.

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