Mark McGwire received 21.9 percent of the vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame on his third year of the ballot.
Have we not gotten over the steroids era yet? Are we really going to punish whoever is suspicious?
Is nobody aware of how tragic it would be for future generations to ask how we were so stupid as to not let players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and McGwire into the HOF (although by this time we'll probably see a 1,000 home run hitter)?
To be honest, I didn't think McGwire should have been voted in for his first two years on the ballot. I'm able to admit I'm wrong. It's easy for me because it's quite often the case. (Yeah, I just set myself up for flaming.)
What are we really waiting for, though? There's not any real proof that McGwire juiced. The only accuser is Jose Canseco, who has had conflicting reports in the past. McGwire wasn't even on the Mitchell Report. (Take that for what it's worth.)
McGwire was freakishly strong, but not unrealistically strong. His biceps were 20 inches, which isn't uncommon in a major league power hitting first baseman.
McGwire has also never cheated, unlike Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Gaylord Perry. Performance enhancing drugs were not illegal in baseball until after McGwire's career. Before then, it was all fair game.
Now, it was illegal in America, but if you took every professional athlete out of the Hall of Fame who broke a law (let alone those who were caught), we would always question the voters.
Better yet, take out everyone who ever used drugs or alcohol. Again, McGwire is a case of someone who allegedly used drugs, not someone who had an unfair advantage.
Let's look at the other players of McGwire's era and after who have hit 500 home runs: Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Frank Thomas.
Three of the following have been controversial figures of the steroids era: Bonds, Sosa, and Palmeiro. McGwire and Palmeiro have something in common. Both were teammates of Canseco and both were brought into controversy by Canseco.
Simply, McGwire's accusations are without justification and it doesn't look like we'll be finding out anything new anytime soon.
Steroids were part of the era and it's Major League Baseball's fault for not doing anything about it. McGwire was simply playing like the players of his time if he did use PEDs. And we don't even know if he did use them.
Let McGwire into Cooperstown already! When it comes down to it, McGwire probably helped baseball a lot more than he allegedly hurt it.
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