Hall of Fame Morals
When it comes to the Baseball Hall of Fame, they need to either change the record books, or let in everybody that cheated.
Watching Clemens when he was in New Britain, CT in 1983, there was talent on the mound that had Cooperstown in my mind instantaneously.
That day when he threw a shutout to win the Eastern League Championship, I said “someday I will see him win the World Series for Boston.” When I went to Game Six in 1986, my dream was close to coming true.
He won 192 games in a Red Sox uniform and nobody has worn his number 21 since he left for Toronto in 1997.
The greatest pitcher in Red Sox history, and he threw it all away for a syringe a decade later.
How could using PED’s in the 1995-2007 era be any different than those that used greenies from the 50′s until 2011?
We let Gaylord Perry in the HOF and he admits he cheated from day one.
Cap Anson might have been the biggest bigot of his era, and he kept black players out of baseball for 64 years, but baseball let him into Cooperstown.
Nobody will ever hit 70 plus home runs again. Someone might have a great year and come near to Ruth and Maris.
Baseball should go back to number 61, and give today’s sluggers a chance.
As far as voting Roger, Barry, Sammy, and Big Mac into immortality, why should anybody whose name was on that 2003 list (Mitchell Report) be allowed into Cooperstown?
Either you let everyone in or you keep everyone out.
This is the meeting that needs to have representatives from the BBWAA, MLB, The Player’s Union, Cooperstown, and the fans.
Funny how baseball has morals for some things, like gambling, that keeps the player with the most hits in history out of Cooperstown.
In football, players like Paul Horning said ‘sorry, my bad,’ missed a whole year, but he still went on to Canton, OH, and nobody thought twice about it.
Shoeless Joe Jackson hit .375 and did not make any errors in the 1919 World Series, but Judge Landis said he cheated, after the court said he was innocent, and we still keep him out of Cooperstown. Why does baseball do that?
Say it ain’t so Joe, and his.356 lifetime average were banned from the game, but now you can still look up those numbers.
Let Joe in, and Pete Rose too, and let all the stars of our lifetime go in despite their use of PED’s.
This is only baseball we are talking about, this isn’t judgment day.