For the past five years a question in Major League Baseball has been whether or not the stars of the “Steroid Era” would be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It would be irresponsible to vote these players into the Hall of Fame.
They broke the rules of the game and aren’t being held accountable for it. Players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa have incredible statistics over their careers, but how much of those stats were inflated by steroid use?
Our generation grew up watching these monumental sluggers and power pitchers, and at the time we would compare these figures to legends like Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Nolan Ryan. But as steroid reports and cheating scandals arose, I personally questioned the legitimacy of those individuals’ careers. And those reports lead to the question whether or not these players belong in the Hall of Fame. If one were to ignore the steroid usage and just look at statistics, one would see those statistics are legendary. For example, Barry Bonds currently holds the all-time home run mark at 762. Roger Clemens has over 300 wins and 4,000 strikeouts. Rafael Palmeiro is one of the only players with over 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. McGwire has the single season home run record and Sosa is the only player to have at least 3 seasons of 60 home runs. Just by looking at the numbers they are all clearly Hall of Fame material, but will the voters over look the fact that they “cheated.” And if these players were to be voted in, what message does that send. The legitimacy of their careers is questioned and they would then be included in the same elite group as “true” legends. Another question that would be brought up is the future of holding Pete Rose out of the Hall. Rose was infamously caught in a gambling scandal and was ineligible for induction even though he is the all-time hits leader.
When the results of the voting are released in January the talk of the sports world will be whether some of the great players of the last twenty years are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. These players cheated the system and should not be rewarded for it. While this topic will be discussed for years to come, I believe these players should not be allowed in the Hall of Fame.