Thanks To A-Rod, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds Have Shot At Hall Of Fame
Thank you Alex Rodriguez.
You have found a way to not only make a farce of baseball, but your antics will eventually make a farce of the Hall of Fame.
You opened Pandora's Box, letting all the gargoyles and bats, named Barry, Roger, McGuire, and Sammy, come flying out with big smiles on their faces. You have given them hope of regaining their immortality.
Thanks to A-Rod's admission of using steroids early in his career, new hope is granted to Clemens, Bonds, and any other big name who has used 'roids, of making it all the way to Hall of Fame.
Why would this be the case?
Because before "using" steroids, A-Rod was a MVP-type player averaging 36 home runs a year from 1996-2000 with the Seattle Mariners. Ever since coming to the Yankees in what A-Rod claims as his "clean" years, Rodriguez has averaged 41.6 homeruns and 123.2 RBI a year.
Therefore, if A-Rod should stay clean for the rest of his career, and continue to average 40 homers and 120 RBI a year, he will be the first big-name steroid user to enter baseball's shrine of greatness.
With that it will force baseball writers of the present and future to ask themselves this question: Should we vote in Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens too?
Both Clemens and Bonds were heading to Cooperstown long before they started using illegal substances.
Before "using" steroids Clemens was a three-time Cy Young Award winner with the Boston Red Sox.
In 1986 and 1987 combined, Clemens was 44-13 with an ERA around 2.60.
He was the most dominating pitcher in his sport, before some claimed he started using the juice when he went to Toronto and later the Yankees.
That means for 13 years, Clemens was possibly clean of 'roids. Thirteen years that were Hall-of-Fame caliber.
As for Bonds, he was a five-tool-player with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants from 1986-1993. He had eight straight seasons of 25-plus doubles.
He had 12 straight years of 28-plus stolen bases a year, and was a prolific home run hitter before he got obsessed with the McGuire/Sosa infamous home run chase of 1998.
With that some would say that Clemens and Bonds are deserving of Hall-of-Fame recognition becasue of what they had accomplised early in their careers.
Then again who is to say that neither player used steroids early in their career? Steroids were not banned from baseball until 1991, and were untested until 2003.
Thus is the McCarthy-like witch hunt that has become baseball's steroid problem of the past 15 years. No one knows who has used the juice before testing, and who is still using the juice, now that more sophisticated tests have been implemented.
For all we know, Rodriguez could still be injecting himself every evening before taking the field. The only people who know are Rodriguez and his teammates.
Too bad Joe Torre is no longer around the Yankee clubhouse anymore; it would be fun to read a book about the steroids that have been passed around the Yankee clubhouse over the last decade.
If Rodriguez does continue to pack up the stats, people will be suspicious, for obvious reasons. But if he never tests positive for steroids again, who is to say he is not a Hall-of-Famer?
Rodriguez is on pace to break Bonds' phony home run mark, and become the next home run king. He has three MVPs and is young enough to earn one or two more. Eventually, one would think, Rodriguez will win a World Series ring.
He will be in one day, and thanks to him, whether you hate to admit it or not, Clemens and Bonds will follow.
It is a shame that baseball has come down to this, and to think that the humiliation is only just beginning.
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