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BASEBALL: Hall of Fame in danger of irrelevancy

Letter by Justin Earick, Tacoma on Jan. 10, 2013 at 10:43 am | No Comments »
January 10, 2013 10:43 am

I am no fan of Barry Bonds. He cheated, he’s a jerk and he’s a felon. Plus he was Junior’s main competition throughout the 1990s.

But how silly do the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and the Baseball Hall of Fame look inducting zero players for the first time in 50 years? It’s a complete disgrace.

The BBWAA should not be in position to render judgment on who cheated and who didn’t all of these years after the fact. That’s not their job. The owners wrote the checks rewarding these alleged cheaters – and we all turned our collective head.

If Cooperstown shuns an entire generation of ballplayers, simply for rumors and suspicion, then it is no longer relevant; it’s a joke.

Mickey Mantle was a drunken womanizer, and Ty Cobb was a horrendous excuse for a human being. But they’re in the Hall of Fame for playing baseball.

So induct Bonds, Roger Clemens and Pete Rose, too. Judge them on their performance, on their sheer dominance.
In 2014, Cooperstown needs a Steroid Era Cheaters Wing.

Judge players against their contemporaries. Not because they deserve it, but for the credibility of the Hall of Fame. It needs the all-time home-run leader, the all-time hits leader and the only seven-time Cy Young Award Winner – or it is no longer relevant to the game of baseball.

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