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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Why Abstaining From the Hall Of Fame Vote Is The WRONG Thing To Do

     The Baseball Writers Of America have a problem. Who gets into the Baseball Hall of Fame? The "Steroid Era" was a great time for baseball. But the sport is still, in some ways, trying to recover from the damage it left in it's path. The Hall of Fame is the one area where PED's still loom large in baseball. Guys who crushed long standing, career and single season records are being left off ballots. Other guys who are clear cut HOF's aren't getting consideration, simply because they played in the 90's and early 2000's. I'm here to say, let them all in.
     The guys who the committee will deem fit to get induction are guys like Pedro, Jeter, Maddux and Glavine. Guys who don't have the build nor attributes of your typical roided up athlete. Also, other than Pedro, all guys who were media darlings. But after all the baseball writers went through with Sosa and McGuire, are they still silly enough to think no one can surprise them? Now I personally think that the guys I listed were certainly clean. But, I would've probably said that about Andy Pettitte, Gary Sheffield, Ryan Braun and others, just a few years ago. I also would've thought it about Alex Sanchez, the first guy who got suspended by MLB for steroid use. And if you're wondering who Alex Sanchez is, he's a guy that I could've made a run at in a home run competition.
     Now if you're reading this and thinking "Yeah but there are guys we KNOW did steroids". To that I say, who cares? The business that is Major League Baseball made billions off the Barry Bonds' skull reaching the circumference of a Great Oak and from Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire hitting more home runs than entire lineups. The McGuire/Sosa home run race brought fans back from the strike. Roger Clemens doing whatever it is that Andy Pettitte "misremembered" basically renewed what would've been an otherwise dead rivalry between the Red Sox and Yankees. And it was a time where people got excited to watch baseball, rather than complaining that it's too boring and the games are too long.
     To anyone that says it isn't "fair" to the guys who did it the "right way", this isn't little league where everyone gets a trophy and no one does anything wrong. It's not a new idea that athletes do whatever they can to get an advantage. It's the sports fault for turning a blind eye while they counted the money they were raking in. And if baseball writers really are outraged, why didn't you guys do a little more questioning when Jason Giambi's biceps were the size of my head? Or when Nomar Garciaparra was on the cover of Sports Illustrated looking like he was chiseled out of marble? You have only yourselves to blame, Baseball Writers of America. Don't punish the players for a sloppy job by you and the league.
     If you want a hall comprised of family men who play by all the rules, it's never gonna happen. In this age of social media and everyone having a camera at all times, no one will live up to that. The days of telling ourselves professional athletes are role models is long over. They're people, just like the rest of us. Do punish the masses for something the sport didn't even acknowledge until it became headline worthy is just childish. These were the greatest players of their era. They deserve to be in. It isn't the Hall of Humanitarians, nor the Hall of Rule Followers, nor the Hall of Guys We Can Trust. It's the Hall of Fame. And you, Baseball Writers of America, are the ones who made them famous. 

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