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Of Their Own Doing

Posted on: March 6, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 12:14 pm

Earlier this year the BBWAA voted on the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates.  For the fifth year Mark McGwire failed to garner much support for election as his vote total fell to under 20 %.  In his five eligible years he has yet to gather even one third of the required 75% of the vote necessary for election.  This year he was joined by two new additions to the PED and Hall discussion.  Rafael Palmerio with 569 HRs, over 3,000 hits and 1,800 RBIs was supported by the voters to the tune of 11%.  Palmerio will be remembered by his “I have never used steroids, period” denial driven home by a finger pointed at the chairman of the congressional committee investigating steroid use in baseball in 2005.  Several months later he tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanzolol.  Also joining Palmerio was Juan Gonzalez with 434 HRs, 1400 RBIs, and 2 MVPs.  Gonzalez was cited by Jose Canseco as a steroid user and was also mentioned in the Mitchell Report.  Gonzalez escaped being a one and done candidate by 4 votes with 5.2% of the vote.  Without the shadow of PEDs anyone of these three would have been first ballet Hall of Famers, so what is wrong with this picture?  In my mind nothing, the voters have gotten it right.

Next year three new first time candidates will appear on the ballet Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Sammy Sosa.  The first two could possibly hear the news delivered by a guard and delivered through steel bars at a federal penitentiary.  Sosa will need to have the HOF vote translated since we learned at that 2005 congressional hearing that Sosa doesn’t speak much English.  I ask whether you believe that the BBWAA are getting it right or should performance enhancing drugs be a non factor in the Hall of Fame vote. I am posting this blog entry on all MLB message boards, for those interested I will follow up with the poll results. 

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Tags: Mets

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 1:25 pm

Of Their Own Doing

This is a topic that will be debated for a long long time. This is a tough one though as the above players mentioned by you did have a tremendous amount of talent without the help of steroids. Now how do we determine just how great these players would have been without this addition of steroids. On a purity level as to comparing those who have used ( sometimes we know those that are and sometimes not ) and those players who put up great numbers without the use of steroids we have to give the nod to the non-users and throw a red flag at those who are cheating by using an artificial aid. Let's compare this to say Pete Rose. Was he great? No question about that. Does he deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?

I don't know if the voting habits towards these players will change but yes I think that they have got it right to answer your question. I still look at Hank Aaron as the home run king because he did it through his great talent and long career. He deserves the crown not one who was a thin ballplayer that at the end of his career looked more like a professional wrestler than that young ballplayer that broke into the bigs with the Pirates. You can tell by my avatar that I was a Willie Mays fan and I felt bad when Barry Bonds passed his home run total.

Let's hope that this era becomes a thing of the past and we can look at it in the rear view mirror just like the black sox scandal or the Pete Rose betting story. There are still quite a few good things about the national pastime and isn't it great that the season in soon to begin.

Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2011 10:47 pm

Of Their Own Doing

So much can be said about the Steroid issue in fact too much.but it all boils down to cheating. No matter how you slice it or how you serve it it up.. It's cheating  I agree the voters have got it right..

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