OK, dear readers. Go to your keyboards and compose your vicious e-mails. The inbox has been cleaned out, and I’m ready for ya.
I’m voting for Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds and a whole bunch of other Steroids Era ballplayers for the Hall of Fame when my ballot arrives in the mail in a few days.
...I submit that if we, the voters, are to don white robes during this 21st Century Inquisition and cite the ballot’s instruction to take into account a candidate’s “integrity, sportsmanship, (and) character” as the reason to deny these players entry into the Hall of Fame, then we need to go back and toss out a few dozen players who are already enshrined.
Let’s throw out Babe Ruth because he broke the law of the land by drinking alcohol during Prohibition, and Ty Cobb for being, by all accounts, a despicable human being. Throw out all the Hall of Famers who swallowed amphetamines like candy during the ‘60s and ‘70s, or might have used cocaine in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Why limit this purge to possible users of PEDs?
It’s a witch hunt, and this voter isn’t joining it. I can’t reveal everyone for whom I’m voting because I don’t have my ballot yet, and since I’ll be voting for the maximum 10 players after voting for just five last year, I’m going to have to leave a player or two off the 2013 ballot I would ordinarily have voted for.
But Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds were already Hall of Famers before they became tainted by steroids, and, guilty or not, they both will be getting my vote.
Posted: November 30, 2012 at 10:05 AM | 10 comment(s)
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