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MLB: No Players Elected into Hall of Fame for 2012

MLB: No Players Elected into Hall of Fame for 2012

The talk lately around baseball has been about the Hall of Fame voting. This is the first year for some of the more notorious steroid users in the game, or suspected steroid users, including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa.

There have been two very distinct sides to the arguments either calling for the best to be inducted, or for these players to never be inducted.

I stand in the middle.

I don’t have a problem with not inducting them on the first ballot, even though a few of them would have been sure first ballot Hall of Famers even before they used steroids. I don’t consider that too harsh a penalty for what the world has deemed to be “cheating”. However, what I don’t understand is how so many people have said they should never be inducted.

They are simply some of the greatest players in the history of the game. If this is going to be a morality issue, then vote in Dale Murphy. There isn’t a nicer guy not in the HOF who put up HOF numbers for a short period of time like he did. Back-to-back MVPs in the 1980s when he was one of the most feared hitters in the game, not just the National League.

I just can’t wrap my head around not ever putting these guys in the HOF.

It seems pretty pathetic that the same guys who voted for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens to have all of those MVPs and Cy Young Awards now turn their back and won’t vote them into the Hall of Fame. Everyone knew they were using performance enhancing drugs when they were winning the awards, so why give them the awards and then not vote them into the Hall? It all seems pretty petty and idiotic to me.

If you wanted to punish them in the first place, why not vote someone else for MVP or Cy Young? Make your morality stand then, not now. I think the time has past for all of that nonsense. If you are so concerned about their “cheating”, then take away the awards. Go to the limits to show that cheating will not be tolerated and if you are caught you will suffer the worst consequences possible.

But that’s not how the writer’s work. They are more concerned about a ‘good story’. What fills column inches more than a good scandal?

Another group, albeit smaller than the first, are saying if the HOF wants to put someone in, put in Pete Rose. Where is that coming from? How about putting in a guy who had over 3,000 hits, was an All-Star at two different positions, and was a leader on his team for decades in Craig Biggio? Is his name ever linked to steroids? No! Don’t start throwing out Rose’s name because of the likes of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are forever tainted with the steroid label.

In case you didn’t notice, there are other people on the ballot that are worthy of being in the Hall of Fame. Biggio is probably at the top of the list. And what about his teammate Jeff Bagwell? Both were dominate for years at their respective positions. Stop throwing out Rose’s name into the conversation. His Hall of Fame chances ended completely when he admitted to gambling on baseball.

Rose as a player is easily a Hall of Fame caliber player. He’s one of the best to ever play the game, but he will never get into the Hall. I think in due time, the voters and fans will forgive some of the steroid era players long before they ever even have the chance to vote in Rose.

So please stop the calls for Rose to get in. Stop the calls for these guys to never get inducted. If you need to punish them, make them wait before their big day, but they are, at least some of them, deserving whether or not they used performance enhancing drugs. And let’s focus on the player who didn’t use steroids who are also deserving of receiving that call one day.

This debate will continue for years unfortunately. I don’t see any of them getting in next year either. Not with the new guys added to the ballot who are definite first ballot guys like Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.

That’s just my 2 cents. I’d like to hear what you have to say.

About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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