It’s going, going… gone! No, it’s not a home run. It’s my respect for everyone on this list.
For years steroid use has been one of the hottest topics surrounding the MLB. In fact, I can’t remember a world where the MLB and steroids didn’t go hand in hand. I grew up watching baseball during the height of the steroid era. It was fun to watch the likes of Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire blast home runs back and fourth, but the slow, continual leak of players linked to PEDs erased any positive feeling toward those players I may have had.
Without steroids these players could have been among the best of all time, or they could have been average players. Obviously they were talented enough to make it as far as they did in their careers, but the fact of the matter is they cheated to put themselves ahead of the competition. Just look at the all time home runs list. Four players linked to PEDs injected their way into the top 10. Six of the 25 players in the 500 home run club have been linked to PEDs, which I find very upsetting.
I finally got to breathe a sigh of relief earlier this year when many of these players faced the judgment of the Hall of Fame voters for the first time. They made a statement by not allowing any of these players into the Hall. Many of these big name players were actually overwhelmingly denied access by the voters (see the list in the middle of the article). The Hall of Fame made a difficult, but necessary, decision to bar any of these players from achieving baseball immortality, at least by becoming a Hall of Famer. However, keeping the Hall of Fame clean is already a lost cause.
Do you think any of these players should ever be allowed into the Hall of Fame? If they do, should their plaque have a big asterisk?