The other day, I was reading a fellow Bleacher Report on Sammy Sosa. The writer went on about how Sammy deserves the Hall of Fame recognition. While I will agree, that the writer is entitled to his opinion, I think the writers should take a long look at all the players who have played, or pitched in the last 25 years.
I am not saying that any one player does, or does not deserve the reward of being elected to the Hall of Fame more than anybody else. But today I think of all those who have tested positive for body, or performance enhancement drugs. Or for all those allegations of players who may, or may not have used enhancement drugs.
In this country, the general rule of thumb is that you are Innocent until you are proven guilty. there are several players who are under a huge amount of suspicion, just by the way they look, (anybody who knows baseball will know who I am referring to). I am not here to bash Sammy Sosa. But I am here to say that before you just elect him, or anybody else in the Hall of Fame. Try to look at the whole playing field before you all just say "I"
The reason that I decided to write this article, was to defend a ballplayer who is now in his third year of eligibility, and even though he has never failed a test of an illegal substance, he is being scrutinized for a crime that he may have done, but did not, nor did he ever fail a test as a player of a banned substance!
All that I am trying to say is that in the last 25 years, I feel that it is not fare to blacklist a single player for a crime that NO writer can prove that he may have, or may not have done. Nobody was complaining about this player of using drugs, during the '98 season, when fans from all over the U.S.A.and were going to ballparks all over the land to see him, and Sammy go for that home run record. I have always felt that, him, and Sammy brought fans back to the ballparks in droves, when Baseball was at an all time low in popularity, just a few short years after the strike that cost us the '94 World Series.
By not electing him, (McGwire) to the Hall of Fame, to me is that the message the writers are telling me is that only one player used drugs, because he did not speak of the "past", but yet (again I say), never failed as a player, and that Sammy (who also had trouble talking on that particular subject), but never failed gets a free pass to the Hall of Fame.
I feel that the writers have already decided that certain players are not going to get "in", and that others will, all because one player (you know who I am writing about) wrote a book, because in my opinion even when he cheated, did not do enough to make the Hall of Fame, and now is a disgruntled former player, who seems to me is hellbent on ruining other players chances of getting in.
I also feel that Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemens are under the same kind of scrutiny because of who they are. Just take a look at the Clemen's case. We have a former trainer, who waited years to tell his tale of Roger's guilt, now that a little more then a year ago the writers were saying how he was the best pitcher in the last 20 years, now all of the sudden, this "flaky" trainer shows all of us these syringes, that he has been holding on to, to show that Roger did use performance enhancement drugs. (first of all, who does that???). To me, Roger is still innocent, because to me he is STILL not been proven guilty. Yet the media just seemed to run him out of baseball, on the word of a trainer who say's he has syringes that Roger used.
In the case of Barry Bonds, we have a player who started his career as a skinny, but a good well rounded player, a perennial all-star, who by the time he too was run out of baseball, not only was the home-run king, but was as big as an N.F.L. linebacker. It is hard for me to defend him (I have too, been guilty of this crime), when his body structure tells us all different. He too has not (to my knowledge) ever failed a drug test of any kind, but the man with 762 career home-runs has not, and I feel was not allowed to play, when I feel he still had two or three good years left.
Did anyone notice how quietly Sosa's numbers, as well as his career faded from the spotlight. He has to be the quickest fall from the top as Bonds, and Clemens. And yet nobody say's a word about it. And this is my point, I feel, and hope that those writers who decide, (some of them already have) who will be getting in, from this sad era of baseball, and who does not. I feel that the only correct way to do this, is you either elect nobody, or you put all of them, (including Palmaro) in a division of players, and label them as being part of the "steriod" era of baseball. To not elect one, and to vote another from the same period is not right.
I am not trying in any way to force my opinion on anybody, that is way I love this Bleacher Report, because it gives me, (the fan) a chance to voice my opinions of various subjects, and concerns in the sporting world. I hope an accomplished writer see's this, and a least thinks about what, or how I feel on this subject. Remember, In this country, you are Innocent, until Proven Guilty.