Take off the Juicers

by Nathan Hague

Some will argue the 1998 home run race saved baseball. Then they take it step further and say that home run race would never have happened if it weren’t for steroids and therefore, steroids saved baseball. There is some truth to that but steroids also killed baseball and tainted America’s Pastime.

Because Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds and others put up numbers that were almost as big as their heads, when a player starts jacking homers, people question whether or not he’s doing it legally and that sucks. It’s unfortunate that questions are in the back of our minds about whether or not players are cheating because of those who have cheated.

We know for a fact that McGwire and Bonds juiced, so their names should not on the ballot. Bonds says he didn’t know what he was taking but that’s irrelevant. He took them and he broke records.

It’s a double standard by Bud Selig and Major League Baseball to not see it that way. They’ve banned the all-time leader in hits for what he did as a manager. Nobody is saying what Pete Rose did wasn’t wrong, but that’s not what helped him get all those hits. His betting on baseball came after he accomplished all that. I say induct Rose into Cooperstown but then ban him from having any other involvement in the sport.

These aren’t just minor records we’re talking about here. The all-time home run record is in the hands of a cheater. That’s such a disservice to the game and its fans. The Hall of Fame is for the best of the best and quite frankly, Bonds, McGwire and other steroid users don’t fall under that category.

I don’t think they’ll get the required 75 percent of the votes to get in but we should put the debate to rest but taking their names off altogether. The game has already been tainted enough.

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