Attention, Baseball Writers of America: Are you tired of steroid-using players breaking records? Are you tired of having to consider cheaters for the Hall of Fame because they are putting up numbers too astronomical to ignore?
If so, I have a solution for you. Put the following five players in the Hall before anyone linked to steroids; this will send a message, loud and clear, to those druggies.
I'm not saying we shouldn't keep bad guys out; just get these good guys in first. It's time to tell the players that baseball belongs to all of us, and not all of us want it sullied with performance-enhancers.
If Pedro Martinez never throws another pitch in the big leagues, he still is a Hall of Famer. As more and more players are being revealed as cheats, Pedro's career looks more and more impressive.
Batters got bigger, stronger, and faster, and they still couldn't hit the stuff the 5'11", 170-pound pitcher was throwing.
Taking into consideration the inflated offensive numbers of this generation, Pedro's 1999 and 2000 seasons in Boston may the best two-year stretch by any pitcher, ever.
Maybe Martinez (and not Bonds) will go down as the most dominant player of the Steroid Era. And best of all, he was clean. If I'm a writer, I definitely make the cheaters wait until this guy gets in.
What do you do when you have players on steroids hitting so many homers that the once-sacred plateau of 500 is becoming less impressive? You put in someone who came up seven homers shy of 500.
Reward a guy who could have turned to steroids in order to prolong his career and reach 500, but didn't and ended up short.
Take that Barry Bonds. By the way, McGriff has more career runs scored and RBI than Mark McGwire.
To say the least, he's had a really good career. Over 200 career wins; 3,000 strikeouts; a .597 winning percentage; and six All-Star selections. But it's the postseason where he shines.
His 10-2 Playoff career record with a 2.23 ERA impresses mightily. He's also been to four World Series with three different teams (those being the 1993 Phillies, 2001 Diamondbacks, and 2004 and 2007 Red Sox). He won it all three times.
Now here's the best part: He's been the most outspoken player against steroids and the players that have taken them. Come to think of it, he should get in just so we can see how long his induction speech will be.
There has been one "Golden Rule" in baseball for almost 100 years. If you are involved in the game of baseball, you absolutely can not bet on it.
Yes, Rose broke the Golden Rule, a rule that is posted in every clubhouse of every stadium in the nation.
But it's time for Bud Selig to change the Golden Rule from "no betting" to "no using steroids". All he's got to do is wait until the year that Barry Bonds becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame to reinstate Rose.
Then, when it's time for the writers to vote, they will almost unanimously vote Pete in.
It will be "the Hit King" vs. "the Homer King", and the winner will be baseball.
We all know Jose Canseco is a jerk. We all know he probably got many of these players started on steroids. He was hated by nearly everybody in baseball, so he was blacklisted in an effort to keep him from reaching 500 home runs, totally killing his chances of getting into Cooperstown.
Canseco struck back with his book, "Juiced", and gave up everything he knew about steroids in baseball. He named names, but so far, he's proven he's not a liar. He is almost completely responsible for cleaning up baseball, even if his intentions were less-than-noble.
What a kick in the teeth it would be to the players of the Steroid Era that he got into Cooperstown, after all.