The Garciaparragon of virtue strikes again.
SN: Very cool. In between that, you were second place in the MVP voting in 1998, and this is something that comes up today with Ryan Braun’s apology and talk that he should maybe give back the 2011 MVP. You finished second to Juan Gonzalez, who’s never admitted drug use, but has been implicated. What’s your feeling on that and what should happen with MVP awards that have gone to guys under the cloud of steroids?
NG: I’ll tell you, so many people have been affected by the cloud of steroids, really, they really have. Other players that have chosen to go out there and do it the right way and play clean. Not only the people who have done it, they cheated their friends and family, but cheated mostly the fans as well. An award like that, I’m not the one to say, I mean, yeah, there was a time where that could’ve possibly been the difference right there, in ‘98, and there’s talk about the Hall of Fame and everything. For me, I don’t understand why you can’t go back. If you find that out and you find out the truth — you can’t go off assumptions, but when you find out the truth, why can’t you take a person out of the Hall of Fame if you found out he was taking PEDs? I don’t see why that’s so horrible to do. Or, if they had an award, I know they do it in the Olympics, they take away gold medals and things when they later find out. I don’t see why that’s so hard. I mean, they took away the Heisman Trophy, as well. There’s a lot of different ways people can go about it and say that it can still be done.
SN: That’s pretty much exactly what I wrote about it, using the Heisman as an example, and talking about the ‘03 award, when A-Rod admitted he used steroids. Why is that award still with him? I don’t quite get it.
NG: For me, I told reporters, especially those that have to vote for the Hall of Fame, I’m sure it’s even more difficult. Voting itself is a difficult decision, and if you really care about it, cherish the vote that you have. You have to go back to that era and say, okay, those that haven’t been implicated and are clean, maybe we look at them differently because of what they might have done during that time when somebody else won ahead of them, or let’s see who they were competing against and look at the numbers a little differently. It’s a challenge.
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