Each winter, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) selects a few former players to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This year was particularly controversial because a majority of the candidates played during the “steroid era” (roughly between the early 90s and the late 2000s). Maybe because of this no one was selected by the BBWAA to be inducted this year. This was just the eighth time in history the BBWAA didn’t select any player.
Some players who were linked to steroid usage did not get voted in, like career home run leader Barry Bonds and former star pitcher Roger Clemens. This is a good thing because no one deserves to be in the Hall of Fame or to receive other special honors after using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs, which is cheating in sports. These players are eligible to be inducted for several more years but hopefully they never will be voted in. Other players who played in the same time period, such as Craig Biggio and Mike Piazza, were not voted in even if they are not linked to steroid or other performance-enhancing drug usage. This is sad since all players from the steroid era should not be grouped into one category and looked down upon. MLB and the BBWAA need to not stereotype these players and assume something about them based on what time period they played in. Also former Twins pitcher Jack Morris, who retired right before the heart of the steroid era and was never linked to usage, was not voted in in his second-to-last year of eligibility.
However, the Pre-Integration Committee (click here) selected former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, former umpire Hank O-Day and late-1800s catcher Deacon White to be honored (all of whom I have never heard of and who are no longer living), so there will still be an induction ceremony this summer. Still, not many players will be inducted, which is sad but in some cases the right thing to do.
What is your opinion on this issue? Should players who have been linked to performance-enhancing drug usage be inducted into the Hall of Fame?
Written by: Sam Graves