2015 Hall Of Fame Ballot: Jared Massey’s Selections

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

PAGES: 1 | 2 | 3


Let’s address the elephant in the room. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should have been near unanimous first-ballot Hall of Famers. They weren’t, obviously, because they’re suspected steroid users. So, the question becomes, “Should players who are suspected of using steroids/PEDs/cheating be enshrined?” The answer is fairly simple: yes.

The Hall of Fame likes to advertise itself as a museum. Museums serve one purpose: to provide an accurate representation of history. Whitewashing baseball history, specifically the “Steroids Era,” is dishonest and robs future generations of knowing the full story of the national pastime.

There’s also the concept of “innocent until proven guilty.” Both Bonds and Clemens have vehemently denied ever using PEDs, though Bonds reportedly tested positive for amphetamines during the 2006 season

Other players, like Mike Piazza, have been accused based on far more spurious reasons. Allowing writers to point fingers without evidence taints the process and casts doubt on players who may have never used. You either show iron-clad proof that someone cheated or don’t bring it up.

“But tainting the Hall with cheaters would destroy the institution!” Sure, let’s not let people in who cheated. Even though players like Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle admitted to using amphetamines after the fact, while hurlers like Whitey Ford, Gaylord Perry and Don Sutton admitted to doctoring the ball on the mound.

And the morality clause? Throw that out the window with Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby already inside. Hell, the first commissioner of Major League Baseball, Kennesaw Mountain Landis, was integral in segregating the sport for decades.

Let’s also not forget the most obvious reason why the whole PED scandal doesn’t really matter — PEDs aren’t proven to even help ballplayers. Here are some names to consider: Dayton Alexander, Adalberto Mejia, Luis Morel, Alex Real, and Yeison Medina. You’ve probably never heard of them before.

That’s because they’re all Minor-Leaguers who were suspended during the 2014 season for using PEDs. They weren’t all 50 home run hitters or 100-mph pitchers; they were the players looking for a leg up. The problem is there’s no proof that using PEDs actually helped them perform better. Sure, maybe they felt better or stronger, but they didn’t become superstars overnight. And let’s not forget that Bonds, before he broke the home run record, had already won three MVP awards.

So, there you have it. I hope you understand why I chose the players I did. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me on Twitter @JaredJMassey.

Written by Staff Writer


Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *