I Am Rapoport.
I have just mailed in my Baseball Hall of Fame ballot and while several of the names on it required some thought—Mike Piazza (yes) and Don Mattingly (no), for instance—a few were no-brainers. I am speaking of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro.
I voted for all of them.
Not that any of them will be elected to Cooperstown, of course. Sportswriters, and I have been one my entire working life, tend toward great moral judgments and just as they guarded the sanctity of Cooperstown against the threat posed by Pete Rose, they can be counted on to do their duty against the scourge of steroids represented by Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, McGwire and Palmeiro.
They cheated, you see. They used illegal drugs and lied about it. They gained an unfair advantage over their opponents. They threw the record book into disrepute. They sullied the game. They played fast and loose with the affections of the fans. They should be forgotten or ignored.
I have a different view.
I believe the steroid generation of players, of which these five players are among the most conspicuously accused, may well have saved baseball. I also believe these players’ greatest achievements will outlast not only their careers, but their lifetimes.
Posted: December 10, 2012 at 06:00 AM | 55 comment(s)
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