Wednesday, January 9, 2013

0 MLB Hall of Fame inducts...no one

By Shaee Flatt

Barry Bonds is perhaps the greatest hitter in the history of baseball. Roger Clemens is perhaps the greatest pitcher in the history of baseball. Yet, neither came close to joining the Hall Of Fame on their first ballot.

It wasn’t a surprising result, but a shameful one nonetheless, and it doesn’t stop there. Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Curt Schilling, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza, ALL guys that should be in the Hall. If you want to put something on their plaque about PEDs, fine, but to not put them in the Hall is ridiculous. Clearly, I don’t think cheating is the right thing to do. PEDs are not the way to do it, and can be very harmful to the body, I would never applaud anyone for doing them, but I also won’t ignore some of the greatest players to ever play just because they used them. The fact is, it’s cheating, but they really don’t help THAT much. They help, sure, but not that much.

50 years from now, when a kid is touring the Hall of Fame, he should see these players. He should be able to read about the home run king in the baseball Hall of Fame, period. Would Bonds be the home run king without PEDs? Probably not. However, he’d still have 700+ homeruns, and perhaps be second on the list behind only Aaron. Baseball’s records are sacred, I get that. I understand why people are upset, I do, but no one can deny what these players meant to the game of baseball. Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa SAVED the MLB with their home run showdown in 1998. No one cared about baseball anymore until McGwire and Sosa gave them a reason to care, something to watch. I remember as a kid, it felt like I was watching two superheroes try to save the world, and wondering which one would do it first, it was amazing. I was watching two good guys, not two bad guys. Then Bonds came along, and shattered both of them hitting 73 home runs in a single season. He hit number 500, then 600, then 700, then 714, 715, 755, 756, and finally he hit his last home run, number 762, and everyone was watching. Everyone. Bonds won seven MVP awards.. SEVEN!! Think about that for a second. Most players are lucky to play seven seasons, and he was the MVP seven times. Then there is Clemens, and Schilling, and the list goes on and on. They all cheated, but they were all great, and they were all Hall of Famers.

This year, there was no one inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. Not one. Why? Partly because in this era, there isn’t a single player who you can look at and know without doubt that he wasn’t cheating. Everyone did it, and that doesn’t make it right, but the hitters were hitting against pitchers who were also cheating and the pitchers were pitching against hitters who were cheating, yet they were still dominant. You never applaud cheating in any sport, but you also never try to erase history. These players are a huge part of baseball history, and they deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, right alongside Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Pete Rose.. Oh, wait, they messed that one up too. Maybe one day all of those players will get in, and I hope they do, because if not, going to Cooperstown will be off of my bucket list forever, and the MLB Hall of Fame will forever be a joke to me. As a kid, McGwire, Sosa, and Bonds made me a fan of the MLB, and they will forever be Hall of Famers to me.

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