The 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot list is replete with players who
either admitted to using steroids, were implicated in the Mitchell Report, or have been strongly rumored to have been
Such a shame.
I have been voting for players to be selected to the Hall of Fame for about
20 years, and this is the most troubled and conflicted I have felt about the
current and future integrity of the game.
Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa...all of their career numbers are
eye-popping. Certainly in the cases of Bonds and Clemens, they likely would have
been Hall of Famers without the assistance of steroids.
But the message going forward, especially to youngsters aspiring to play
professionally in baseball or any other sport, has to be that cheating will not
be tolerated or rewarded.
Many of us who grew up idolizing baseball stars in the '50s, 60s and 70s
continue to respect what those players accomplished, and how they went about the
business of squeezing every inch of their natural ability in order to win.
My ballot this year includes Jack Morris, Tim Raines and Lee Smith.
Voting for the Hall of Fame is not a privilege I take lightly.