At 2pm Eastern today, the Baseball Hall of Fame will announce the members of its 2013 entering class. Of particular interest today, this is the first year that notable figures in the performance-enhancing drug scandals of the 90s and 00s are on the ballot for election to the Hall-- most notably, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds.
No one asked me what I think about this, but as I often comment on things that people never ask me my opinion on, I will tell all of you anyway!
Here's the thing for me. Actually, two things. One, none of these three players ever tested positively for drugs. Second, at the time these players were allegedly using performance-enhancing substances, they were legal! So I find it hypocritcal of baseball to hold against someone, the suspected use of a substance which was legal at the time they supposedly used it!
Mind you, I am not a traditionalist on this, and I am consistent on the issue of wrongdoing and the Hall of Fame. I think Joe Jackson should be in and Pete Rose not only should be in, but he should be in baseball. The guy currently spends most of his time signing autographs in a sports memorabilia shop in Las Vegas and it's pitiful.
And, to further demonstrate the Hall of Fame's hypocrisy, plenty of people who aren't or weren't very good people are in the Hall. Mickey Mantle and Ty Cobb to name two. Willie Mays wasn't the nicest, most upstanding man off the field either. Yet they're all in.
The Baseball Hall of Fame should be for on-field achievements and I think Bonds, Clemens and Sosa have all achieved the standard of Hall membership through their achievements.