Within one of our classes, the discussion of PED’s within sports came up. No topic seems to be as hotly debated with regards to PED’s then the concept of the Baseball Hall of Fame. For those who don’t know, from the late 1980’s to the early 2000’s, baseball had a notorious problem with steroids as many of the most popular players, from Roger Clemens to Barry Bonds to Mark McGwire, were using steroids. Now, many of these players are long retired and are being refused entry into the Hall of Fame by baseball writers who used to write and promote these players are now leaving them off the hall of fame ballot.
The debate then becomes should these players be allowed into the hall of fame? Some would argue that leaving them out would ignore how many of them hold career and single season records in a variety of categories and therefore, baseball is ignoring this part of it’s history. As well, many would argue that is not up to the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) to police morality in baseball. On the other side, many argue that many of the records broken by the players would not have been done with steroids. As well, morality might not be the issue here as it is important that the so-called “sanctity” of baseball is maintained.
Here is an argument for the inclusion for alleged steroid users:
Here is an explanation of why a writer within the BBWAA did not vote for these steroid users:
With the HOF ceremony over for this year, once again many steroid users have once again been not voted into the HOF. In fact, there were a few players who were never proven to have taken steroids that were not voted in simply because the suspicion of using PED’s exist.
So what do you think? Should these so-called cheaters be let into to the hall? Or should they be kept out forever? Only time will tell if baseball writers become more lenient with their votes.