Originally Posted by Rose
Guilty until proven innocent, which is ****ing sad. I can at least understand their rationale for keeping Bonds, Sosa, Big Mac and others out. But really? The guys you listed? At least Bagwell and Biggio may go in together next year which would be nice.
Actually, virtually none of these players have truly been proven guilty. Just McGwire and Palmeiro. Sosa was never proven, although he had those comments along the lines of "If anything comes up in the future, I'll address it and calmy wait for my induction to the hall of fame" and then has stayed silent since, including not refuting the NY Times report that he was one of the players who failed the 2003 tests. Still not proof, but makes him look like a jackass. He is however, a proven cheater due to the corked bat incident.
Even with Bonds, it's an absolute joke to have a guy who was better than everyone else for a decade not in. Anyone who watched Bonds knows how dominant this guy was. Even when he weighed maybe 190-200 pounds, his 1993 season destroys the seasons Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout just had which everyone made such a fuss about. And his feats even with roids are the most impressive I've seen from a hitter. Watching nobody throw him anything to hit, and still hit .370 with power, more home runs than strikeouts ect. I watched him and A-Rod, both steroid guys, Bonds was flat out better.
Regardless, I'm uncomfortable with all of the nonsense about guys being guilty once their accused. It completely goes against what this country's actual legal system is based on. The real embarrassment was the prosecution taking a case as weak as the one against Clemens to trial, then resorting to blatant prosecutorial misconduct in the opening argument to get some extra time to prepare their case. What happened to being entitled to a speedy trial? The case still ended up being so weak, I'm convinced I could have defended Clemens successfully, much less top-notch lawyers who crushed the prosecution because all they had to do was discredit the one witness against Clemens, whose past made that easy. So, that's where these taxpayer dollars go.
Some writers are so biased that they act like steroid experts and try claiming to know the effect steroids had on these players. And they ignore information to try to make their case. For example, this is one I hear all the time. Clemens was "washed up", left Boston and took steroids which fueled the latter part of his career. The reason this is so funny is that if you're going to assume Clemens used steroids based on McNamee's word, then you also have to take into account the time period. McNamee said Clemens started using steroids/HGH in '98 and also used them in 2000 and 2001. But what these people ignore is that Clemens 1997 season is better in every stat than his 1998 season(wins, ERA and strikeouts) and what's also forgotten is that during that last season in Boston when he was "washed up," he led the league in strikeouts. It just shows the bias of some of these writers, not that they think Clemens or anyone else did steroids, but that they leave out information when convenient to try to show what it did for his performance. In reality, they're nowhere near qualified to do so.
Probably the worst part is that these writers think these players should have been "above" taking PEDS. Yeah, no testing until 2004 and no penalties for testing until 2005, and you expect these players to not do it? I liked what Arnold Schwarzenegger said about steroids when he first used them, which was way back in the mid/late 60's. He said that at the time he was unaware of the potential health risks, but said that he doubts it would have made a difference. He simply said he wanted to be the best bodybuilder, and the way he went about doing that was by doing everything the other top bodybuilders did, whether it was something they were taking or an exercise they were doing. That's more in line with reality, not this ridiculous moral code these writers have made up. Who, by the way, were in the clubhouses for decades, and didn't think to say much. Funny, how it didn't seem to bother them much then as long as they could write stories about the '98 home run chase, but now it bothers them so much.
The character clause is a massive joke. Yeah, taking steroids makes you a worse person than Ty Cobb? Hell, Mickey Mantle by his own admission, turned several of his own sons into addicts/alcoholics by making them his drinking buddies. Hell, there are countless hall of famers in who did legitimately bad things to others, and now they're saying steroid users, or suspected steroid users are people who don't have the character these others do.
The cheating thing is ridiculous too. Everyone has heard about the amphetamines, not to mention things I considered actual cheating such as corked bats and spitballs. Personally, I'm uncomfortable calling PEDs cheating. I consider cheating altering equipment such as balls and bats, but I'm not comfortable with policing what players do with their bodies. If they're illegal drugs such as steroids, I prefer that to be handled by actual law enforcement.
The bottom line is, you can't pretend that an entire era didn't happen. That what we watched was just a dream or something. And the steroid era is far from over. There's still people using in recent years, such as Manny and his 2 failed tests, Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon. Even with testing and penalties, guys are still taking the risks, just imagine how many were truly taking them before.
Look at how many of the MVPs have either been confirmed steroid users or suspected users during their MVP years.
Juan Gonzalez(1996 and 1998)
And this is a pretty conservative list, I don't really believe Bonds stopped juicing as soon as there was testing(probably HGH and undetectable steroids) and I left off A-Rod's 2005 MVP, even though some believed he was still using them, and I'm not convinced he wasn't. That's a minimum 13 MVPs since 1988. Plus, 1995 MVP Mo Vaughn was accused of steroids during his time with the Mets.
Oh, and you can throw in a few cy young award winners as well such as Clemens in 1998 and 2001, and Eric Gagne in 2003. Not to mention that 2005 Cy Young award winner Bartolo Colon was later proven to be a steroid user, though there's no direct evidence linking him to PED use in 2005.
I can't wait until someone already voted into the hall of fame gets busted for steroids, or directly accused, that should bring some of these writers back down to earth. Jose Canseco said a few years ago that he knows of a hall of famer who used steroids, and I don't doubt him.