The big question on any baseball fan's mind now-a-days is, "Will anyone from the steroid era, who took steroids, make the hall?" At least in my mind that is a question.
For a young baseball fan like myself, growing up through most of the "steroid-era," I want to know a dying question. Will anyone from this era get the call to the hall? I say yes.
These, "steroid users," are who, in my judgement, are deserving of a plaque in Cooperstown.
Yes. A-Rod deserves a call to Cooperstown. Maybe not first try. But he, in my mind, should be in once he retires.
Alex tested positive for steroids in 2003. In 2003 he won the AL MVP and the AL Homerun crown. He hit .298, 47 home runs, and 114 RBI's as a shortstop for the Texas Rangers.
Look to his numbers pre-steroids and post-steroids. They are sickening.
In 1996, at the age of 20, Rodriguez hit .358 with 36 homeruns and 123 RBI's.
From 1994 until 2002, A-Rod hit .309 with 298 homeruns and 872 RBI's. Those numbers right there, to me, are hall of fame numbers.
After steroids, 2004-present day, A-Rod's number are just as amazing. He hit .299 with 222 homeruns and 659 RBI's.
Even if you take out 2003, A-Rod's numbers are still baffling. He should be a definite hall-of-famer.
Barry Lamar Bonds of the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. Yes, the same Barry Bonds who hit 73 homeruns in 2001. The same Barry Bonds who has been completely shunned by the entire baseball community. Look to the stats.
From 1986 to 1999, Barry Bonds's stats are also just sick. He hit .288 with 445 homeruns and 1299 RBI's. He stole 460 bases during this time. Barry Bonds is not the homerun king to me. Henry Aaron still is. But Barry Bonds is still one of the best baseball players of all time.
Bonds has won three MVP's before his boom in size. He won the MVP in 1990, 1992, and 1993. He made eight all star games (1990-1998). These are all hall-of-fame caliber numbers to me.
Sammy Sosa tested positive for steroids once. He tested positive in 2003.
From 1989 to 2002, Sosa hit .278, 499 home runs, and 1347 RBI's.
He won the NL MVP in 1998 during the homerun chase, which he lost to Mark McGwire. He won all of his silver sluggers prior to 2003. He played in all 162 games twice in his career, prior to his alleged steroid use in 2003.
All around, Sosa is a great player and is more then deserving of his spot as number six on the all time homerun list.
There is something you must remember through all of this. Since when is telling the truth a requirement to get into the hall? I'm sure Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and other hall of famers have lied about one thing or another.
Another thing you must remember is, you can't assume. You can't assume Sosa took steroids during his 1998 home run chase. You can't assume Palmeiro was, to his knowledge, injected with steroids or some other banned substance.
You have to remember these men are innocent until proven guilty. So, until proven guilty for one thing or another, these men deserve to be among the greatest in Cooperstown.