The time has come to forgive the baseball players who used drugs and were banned from baseball and its Hall of Fame…
Some of the biggest names from the 80’s into today’s game have been kept out.
They include Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco and Alex Rodriguez to name a few. However the punishment has varied from player to player . There were long suspensions and loss of pay for some like Rodriguez, and all are not being allowed into baseball’s Hall Of Fame – not yet, anyway.
Yesterday it was announced that Jose Canseco would be a broadcaster for Fox and the Oakland A’s. Mark McGwire has been with the St. Louis Cards as a coach and Alex Rodriguez was allowed to come back to the Yankees and finish his career with a nice payday.
It’s also clear that Roger Clemens was baseball’s best pitcher during his era, yet he is not being allowed into the Hall owing to steroid use.
The problem is clear, over the many years since all the noise about steroids, it’s been discovered as many as 50% of all players used some type of illegal drugs to enhance their strength and ability to keep playing the game. Most were not caught or punished and perhaps several players who used are in the Hall today.
While use of steroids was a monster, and we saw home run hitters going over 70 a season with many others hitting 50 and 60, for some reason or other NFL players were somewhat overlooked on the issue.
Yes, a few had some suspensions but nobody is being kept out of the NFL Hall of Fame. As far as we know.
And how about the NBA? The PGA?
Today, it appears that steroid use in MLB is way down, with no more 60 plus home run hitters. In fact if somebody hits 40 plus they’re likely to be the home run leader for the season in any league.
Now baseball has forgiven players like Canseco and McGwire, rewarding them with jobs after their playing days have ended.
Haven’t they been punished enough?
I believe they have and keeping players like Roger Clemens out seems unfair.
Of course, there’s always the Pete Rose argument about his betting on his own team to win games in Las Vegas and beyond!
How about Pete? Isn’t it time to move on?
I believe it is, what say you.