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.

Roger Clemens‘ HOF vote is up next, and that is when we’ll really see who gets in and who is left outside looking in with Pete Rose.

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.

Graig Nettles even had super balls come out of his bat, and how many times has cork been found?

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.

Tom Yawkey did not have a black player on his team until Pumpsie Green, a  decade after Jackie Robinson, but Yawkey is also enshrined.

What baseball should do is put asterisks on all the home run numbers hit from Brady Anderson to Barry Bonds.

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.

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Rick Swanson has been an online feature writer for numerous websites since 2005. He was also a speaker at Boston SABR meetings from 2007-2009. Rick has created three statistics for baseball.... Reaction over Range: A new way to measure defense. Divide reaction time of any play, by the range distance. Umpire Strikezone Score: Take the total number of correct pitches called, divided by the total number of pitches called. Power Pitching: Add WHIP plus ERA and subtract the number of strikeouts per inning. Rick's current title is Consultant, Red Sox and Fenway Park History. In 2007, he was nominated for President of Red Sox Nation by Red Sox team president, Larry Lucchino. You can email Rick here: rickswanson AT cox DOT net

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