7/25/11 – MLB Hall of Fame

This year’s baseball Hall of Fame induction didn’t draw much attention. Pitcher Bert Blyleven, second baseman Roberto Alomar and executive Pat Gillick all deserved the honor but none brought back many hall of fame career moments – save for Alomar once spitting on an umpire.

That won’t be the case next year when, among others, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa will be eligible. All have eye-popping hall of fame numbers, but they also are all tainted by steroid use. The debate will be loud and heated. Bonds and Clemens have repeatedly and emphatically denied ever using steroids, but their denials have fallen on deaf ears.

None of them will be voted into the hall next year. It’s reasonable to think none will ever make it to Cooperstown.

That’s a shame. An entire era of baseball was impacted by steroids. Baseball turned a blind eye to the problem. I say vote on the numbers and move on.



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