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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Goold: Seeking full disclosure at Hall of Fame

Among many things, the Hall is a museum, a tangible monument to the game and its history. That means warts and all. The Steroid Era should not be absent from its hallways. The Steroid Era should be rooted there along with all of the other eras. It should be there as a big neon sign shouting: Don’t Let this Happen Again. And one way to do that while also solving the dilemma of Bonds, Clemens and McGwire is to put their transgressions on the plaques. Same with Rose and Jackson. We all know there are already cheaters, racists, and scallywags in Cooperstown. Let’s just put it in writing.

Perry Posted: January 10, 2013 at 03:20 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: January 10, 2013 at 06:23 PM (#4344565)
Well, the achievements and other moments are in the museum so the sillyball era is "rooted there with all the other eras." Alomar and Larkin and soon many other players of the sillyball era will be in the plaque room -- although, yes, it looks like the biggest stars will mostly be absent.

While I appreciate the ingenuity of the argument that the only way to truly shame these players is to induct them and plaster a big red S on their plaques, I'm not sure it's the strongest argument to be made against the blackballers.
   2. Ulysses S. Fairsmith Posted: January 10, 2013 at 06:44 PM (#4344577)
A truly moronic idea. The Hall of Fame exists to celebrate the greats of the game, not to shame them.
   3. Perry Posted: January 11, 2013 at 11:08 AM (#4344951)
I don't think Goold's interest is primarily in shaming; it's in having the HOF reflect the history of baseball more accurately while giving the greats their due. I don't know if you RTFA, but he wants to induct Joe Jackson and give him a plaque that describes his great feats like any other HOFer, but at the end it says

"He and his team, called the “Black Sox,” were accused of rigging the series. Although acquitted in court, “Shoeless” Joe and his alleged co-conspirators were banned for life from baseball. Jackson hit .382 in 1920 at age 32, but never played in the majors again."

Or for Pete Rose:
"In 1989, he accepted a lifetime ban from baseball in response to claims he bet on baseball, including his own team. More than a decade later, he admitted to gambling on baseball."

Mark McGwire:
"Several years after retirement, he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his playing career."

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