Voting For Steroid Abusers And Gamblers For Baseball's Hall Of Fame Is Giving Them A 'Participation Trophy'
These players and their fans demand a plaque in Cooperstown, NY (a museum that they are already a part of) which says "Hall-of-Fame" next to the words integrity, character and sportsmanship.
Schilling had talent, a transition from reliever to starter, playoff and World Series fame and the most famous bloody sock in history. It's just too bad that he didn't show any real life sportsmanship after he retired from the game.
As we approach October, we remember the home run race that went on between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
It is clear that over his long and rocky tenure as Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig left a massive legacy. The business and sport of major league baseball was impacted for good and for ill by the man who began his professional life selling used cars in Milwaukee. He will end his tenure as Commissioner by becoming the "Six Million Dollar Man."
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One of the biggest story lines of the 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame vote is that Mike Piazza missed joining Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio.
He tainted the game, and badly, and his presence anywhere near the Giants continues to taint the organization as well.
When faced with a tough decision following MLB's celebration of the steroid-laden feats of Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire in 1998, Bonds made the wrong one. That reality cannot be ignored or changed, but it also should not be overstated. At a time when cheating was rampant and all but encouraged, Bonds cheated too.
As team mom for both my kids' teams, I was constantly spouting lessons about success only being achieved by hard work and practice. But, as we watched big-name player after big-name player face accusations of PED use -- with few consequences -- I could see I was losing my audience.
Back in 2009, The Associated Press reported Sosa's skin appeared lighter because of a conditioning cream he had been using
The PED issue, which has now dogged baseball for well over a decade, has been exacerbated by an appalling lack of courage on the part of nearly everybody involved. Cowardly denials, insincere apologies, failing to take responsibility and efforts to scapegoat individuals.
Although A-Rod faces the loss of enormous amounts of money, whatever is left of his reputation and his livelihood, this story is only somewhat about him. It is also a reminder of what a complete, and neverending mess MLB, led Bud Selig, has made of the steroids issue.
If we as a nation are truly upset and outraged by steroid use, why is our concern so targeted? NFL players frequently turn in positive drug tests and the sports media doesn't so much as flinch.
For the first time in seventeen years, the Baseball Writers' Association of America failed to elect a single Hall of Fame
Along with Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, retired MLB slugger Sammy Sosa wasn't elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in
Baseball made this bed a long time ago. The sooner they get in between the itchy sheets, the sooner the morning sun will rise again.
We have a Hall of Fame filled with many players who played in a segregated era and said nothing, who either took amphetamines or looked the way while others did and probably even players who said nothing about the gambling and betting on baseball they saw around them.