Should Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and the rest of their ilk get into the Hall of Fame? Should they go in to the Hall with asterisks next to their names? Should they not be allowed in at all? These are the three question that currently plagues Major League Baseball. Another important question that should be asked is why people like Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell who deserve to go to the Hall won’t because of the people they played with are tainted by steroids?
It is well documented that after the strike shortened season of 1994 that threatened to kill baseball for good; the commissioner (owned the Milwaukee Brewers at the time), the owners, and the players union all silently endorsed the use of steroids. Now if that is indeed the case then these are the conditions under which everyone agreed to play. MLB has since scented the change on the wind and is now going after steroid use. This is laudable on the part of Major League Baseball to get rid of performance enhancing drugs. But don’t punish any of the players who played during what is now called the “Steroid Era”. The entire Era only came about with the complicity of Major League Baseball. Therefore Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens and the rest of that ilk should be let into the Hall of Fame with clean names and records, no asterisks attached.
For all you naysayers who don’t want the “Steroid Stars” to go to the Hall; I don’t want to see Barry Bonds go to the Hall of Fame either. With that said I don’t want Barry to go because I don’t like him and would delight in him not making it, not because of his career.