Baseball Hall Of Fame Voters Decline To Induct Players Linked To Steroids This Year


I don’t normally post about baseball, even though I’m about as obsessive about it as I am politics, but I thought news today that the Baseball Hall of Fame voters are declining to induct players linked to steroids into Cooperstown was worth a post.

Three of the players on the ballot – Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa – all have had careers that would otherwise make the shoo-ins for selection absent the cloud of steroids use hanging over their heads. The only possible reason for the refusal to admit them is the steroids question.

That’s as it should be, I think.

I tend to be a bit of a baseball purist. I don’t like the idea of steroids in the sport. I think achievement should be won by hard work and talent, not who has the best chemistry set. And yes, I know steroids isn’t a magic pill that just makes you a better ball player. It merely enhances the performance of already talented players. I get it.

But these players too steroids knowing full well what the score was. They did it knowing that it was in a gray area (before 2002), and knowing that it was against the rules (after 2002). They did it knowing that other players wouldn’t because of the rules/stigma, and that it would give them an advantage.

That’s cheating. They cheated, and while I think all three of the men in this year’s class (I honestly don’t think Biggio, Piazza, Morris, Bagwell or Raines deserve to be in the hall based on their records) would have probably had Hall of Fame-worthy careers absent steroids use, their decision to muddle their own records by using steroids makes quantifying that definitively impossible.

They made a choice. Let them reap the consequences.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • spud

    Rob Biggio had over 3,000 hits he belongs beside that fact he was one of best fielders at two positions catcher and second base. As for others feel for Morris what a big game pitcher and great numbers many times they kept him in games to save their bullpen and that made his era bad. With only one year of eligibility left doubt he makes it now especially with Maddux and Glavine and Frank Thomas on ballot next year. Biggio will make it also though maybe not next year. Piazza is a cheat and Bagwell might also be. Now I hear Armstrong will admit to it on Oprah interview. I guess I always thought in back of my mind he was a cheater also.

    • Rob

      Biggio is a stretch to my mind. 3,000 alone doesn’t cut it.

      • Mike G.

        Rob, there are only 28 players with 3,000 plus hits. By your reckoning, Derek Jeter, the last person to reach that plateau, doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame either. I’m just sayin’.

  • realitybasedbob

    Good for them.
    There should be no place in the Hall of Fame for cheaters.

    • Rob

      I agree.

    • headward

      I’m surprised they’re not in the Obama administration. There is always room for cheaters there.

  • Rip

    Time heals all wounds. Future generations of sports writers will think steroid use is trivial and will induct these cheaters at the same time they lift the ban on Pete Rose.

    • Rob

      I really the the Pete Rose ban is ridiculous. What he did, while admittedly questionable, didn’t impact his field performance.