With the Roger Clemens trial in full swing (and former teammate Andy Pettitte testifying in it), coupled with the success of David Ortiz, why not talk about steroids in baseball?
After all, the three of them are all linked to performance enhancing drugs. That’s why Clemens is on trial right now (well, more so for lying to the feds about his alleged steroid used), and Pettitte is an admitted steroid user.
And then, there’s Ortiz. Remember, Ortiz failed a drug test, and it wasn’t for marijuana. Ortiz, along with former Sox hero-turned-villain Manny Ramirez, tested positive or performance enhancing drugs. Red Sox Nation has done a good job of sweeping this under the rug, because you don’t hear about it anymore around these parts. But facts are facts: Ortiz was a user.
All of the above were users, and all were greats. So, should they be Hall of Famers? In short, yes.
...Sure, steroid users should be allowed into the Hall of Fame, but you shouldn’t forget what they did. Neither should the baseball world. How can this be done? By officially dubbing this era in baseball “The Steroid Era.”
Of course, this isn’t fair for everyone. After all, every single player wasn’t on steroids. But in a time when juicing ruled the sport, the title is only fitting. By officially creating The Steroid Era, it sends the message to fans that they should use their discretion when judging this time period.