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Bonds, McGwire should be in the Hall of Fame

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PERJURY: Former MLB slugger Barry Bonds (center) was indicted for allegedly lying to a federal jury regarding the use of PEDs. Photo Credit: Courtesy of MCT.

Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire.

What can I say about the two? Lets see… legends, leaders and phenomenal players?

It’s funny to even say these words because both are the two most scrutinized players for alleged steroid use over the past several years.

Reading about Bonds’ perjury trial that began on Monday and McGwire’s recent return for another season as the hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, these events led me to wonder whether these two people will ever belong in the MLB Hall of Fame.

I’m sure people are familiar with the two even if they do not follow baseball as much, but if not, let’s begin with a small history lesson.

The 46-year-old former San Francisco Giants All-Star, Bonds is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to a federal jury about knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).

On the other hand, the man was a tremendous hitter, owning both the record for home runs in a career with 762 and a season with 73.

With this and several other accolades, does Bonds belong on the Hall of Fame?

Some say no because of the belief that steroids are the reason he was that great. Others disregard his alleged drug use and claim he is an excellent player with or without the medications taken.

While we ponder the question that has kept professional baseball world split since 2003, let us move on to discuss McGwire and his run in the big leagues.

McGwire, a former first baseman, had an incredible career, breaking the single-season home run record for rookies with 49 and going on to break Roger Maris’ single-season record by hitting 70 home runs in a single season.

Like Bonds, he faced adversary and scrutiny that came last year when the hero admitted to using steroids over his career in the league, which spanned 16 seasons.

McGwire claimed that the drugs only helped his health, but did not affect his power at the plate.

Give me a break Mr. McGwire because no one is going for that one.

Yet if you ask me, even though McGwire’s Hall of Fame support has dropped from 23.7 percent to 19.8 percent according to ESPN.

I will still vote him in and I would also give Bonds my vote on one condition, but back to McGwire for a second.

People can say all they want about McGwire, but those same people have to recognize that he had a great career.

The man admitted to using steroids, but he manned up and apologized for the pain he caused fans, family and the baseball community.

Bonds on the other hand, would only get my vote if he gave up the charade and admitted to using steroids.

A person has to be oblivious beyond repair if they are not aware to some extent of what medications they are injecting or being injected and I believe that Bonds knew all along, which is the reason his former personal trainer will not testify against him.

There have been cases in the past where athletes have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Some will get away with it and people will never know, which I am sure has happened in the past.

What I do know is what Bonds and McGwire did in their careers was unbelievable and steroids or not, their legacy will remain even if there is an asterisk attached.

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3 Comments

  1. dont worry about it Mar 29, 2011

    the people who write this newspaper are fucking retarded!!! and know nothing of baseball!!!!!!

    only a fucking moron would truly believe that those two douches belong in the hall of fame. the hall of fame is for athletes. not cheaters.

    not to mention… terrible editing and writing skills. hahah. this is a joke!!!!! awful!!!!

    brandon henson doesn’t even play baseball and he is an insult to the game

  2. John Mar 25, 2011

    Note to the Editor: Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs in 1998, not 73 (that was Bonds in 2001).

    I agree with the statements above except for the comments on Shoeless Joe and Pete Rose. JW, do some research yourself! Ty Cobb was one of the dirtiest players both on and off the field. Cobb was infamous for doing far worse things on the field even physically damaging players’ careers, yet was in the inaugural HOF class with Babe Ruth. The Great Bambino is arguably the greatest baseball player ever, but was just as known for his lascivious lifestyle outside of baseball during his playing days. Talk about someone who had character!

    So what if Pete Rose bet on baseball, he deserves to be in the HOF. He never cheated or had an unfair advantage. If Bill Mazeroski, who is only known for hitting the game-winning home run in the 1960s World Series, can be in the HOF for being a .260 career hitter with 8 Gold Gloves, then tell me why Rose shouldn’t be in with 4,256 hits, a .303 career average, 2 Gold Gloves, 1973 NL MVP, 1975 WS MVP, and elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team among dozens of accomplishments? Do you think its a coincidence that since 2001, when the Veteran’s Committee elected in Mazeroski, no player has been inducted into the HOF? Rules were radically revised after many, many, many, many people questioned how a player like Maz could possibly be in the HOF.

    As for Shoeless Joe, he was acquitted by a court of law for his participation in the 1919 World Series fix, but baseball’s first commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis decided “baseball needed a better image.” If you know your history, Landis was brought into baseball to change’s baseball’s image by the owners after all the speculation of the 1919 World Series fix. He also happened to be one of the most racist people to have ever worked in baseball, but I digress. The reason why some of the BlackSox threw the Series, their owner Charles Comiskey, was VERY CHEAP and refused to give his players raises when they deserved them. He was extremely frugal and has since become infamous for his actions, yet Comiskey was elected into the HOF in 1939. Joe Jackson’s career batting average of .356 still remains the third highest in MLB and he was the only player in the 1919 World Series to hit a home run despite “throwing” games in an era when home runs weren’t common.

    Obviously character doesn’t count when you closely examine the HOF so your theory doesn’t work there. Steroids have tainted MLB and anyone who played from 1994 to the present will always be questioned, but realize cheating is different from gambling.

    As for voting Brandon, if you were going to vote for people who have admitted steroid use, you should vote the same way for ALL players during the Steroid Era. If you were to vote for Bonds, then the same goes for McGwire, Palmeiro, Clemens, etc. Judge them all by the same standards.

  3. Jw Mar 23, 2011

    Hello, research? Editing? This is a terrible article on several levels. Steroids is their legacy, just as gambling is the legacy of Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson. They aren’t in the Hall and should not be. Character has to count for something.

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