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MLB’s Black Eye: No One makes the Hall of Fame
Posted By AIM Newswire On January 12, 2013 @ 12:00 pm In AIM Newswire | 1 Comment
WASHINGTON — In one of the most shocking developments in the professional baseball world, not one person on the recent Hall of Fame ballot qualified for entrance into the hallowed halls of baseball history.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig dismissed the accusation that the Hall of Fame has been tarnish by the steroid era as “ridiculous”, since this is the second time this has happened in recent history. In 1996, the same situation happened, but under different circumstances.
Some of the most prominent names on the Hall of Fame ballot were Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio and Roger Clemens. All of these players, along with others on the ballot, were suspected to have used steroids and other performance-enhancing substances (PED’s) to boost their performance.
Craig Biggio garnered the most votes and came the closest to the 75% threshold to enter into the Hall of Fame with 68.2%. Next up was Mike Piazza with 57.8%. Bonds, Clemens and Sosa garnered less than 50% of the votes and showed the stain of steroids on their playing careers.
What is lost in the discussion is that this was a part of the culture of baseball even though it was illegal. The MLB banned such substances in 1991, but use continued. Jose Canseco, one of the most outspoken and eccentric retired player, admitted to freely using steroids during his playing days and has named players and former teammates.
Now, drug testing is stricter and mandatory, resulting in many players being suspended for significant swarths of the season, usually starting at 50 games.
This past season, San Francisco Giants hitter Melky Cabrera was caught using PED’s. To make matters worse, he tried to cover it up by setting up a website for a fictitious distributor to back his false claim. In the end, he submitted to the suspension and lost out on the season and a possible share of the National League hitting crown.
Is this a black eye for baseball?
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