Should PED Users be Elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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For decades, Major League Baseball players have used substances that help improve their performance. Hundreds of these users have been elected into baseball’s imposing National Hall of Fame. But during the steroid era, a time where many ballplayers were known to use PEDs during the late 80’s through the late 2000’s, baseball fans across the globe began to reconsider whether these users should have a spot in Cooperstown. Cheating, widespread use, substance factors, morality, and fairness are just a few points that diehard fans and analysts use to further their arguments.

Roger Clemens is one of many MLB players who used PEDs. He was also accused of adultery, but we’re on the fence about whether or not that should disqualify you from the Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) 

Immediately after the Hall released 33 potential inductees on the ballot earlier this year, Second base legend Joe Morgan, a Cooperstown inductee of 1990, sent a letter to Hall of Fame voters encouraging them to not vote for steroid users, highlighting “players who failed drug tests, admitted using steroids, or were identified as users in Major League Baseball’s investigation into steroid abuse, known as the Mitchell Report” as undeserving Hall of Fame candidates.

Morgan stated that he was not speaking for all Hall of Famers, but a majority who disagree with certain players being admitted.

The way I see it, Hall of Fame inductees who never used substances have every right to be irritated. Take Morgan for example. At 5 foot 7 and weighing roughly 160 pounds, he had to work an immense amount in order to compete with bigger and stronger athletes. Players like Barry Bonds who used steroids to bulk up faster and enhance their game the easy way do not deserve the recognition that clean players do. By allowing players who have broken the MLB code to be honored in the sport’s own house is an insult to the game.

These professionals know the rules and once someone decides to dope up, they are making the decision to serve a suspension, face a decent amount public humiliation, and have a less likely chance of being accepted into the Hall. That’s the hard truth. As great as many of these players are—they include Manny Ramirez, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez—exceptions cannot be made. It doesn’t matter how many homeruns someone hit, what their batting average was, or what their ERA was when PED’s are involved. They cheated and should not be put on a pedestal meant for those who play the game the right way.

It is extremely unfair to allow cheaters into the highest level of recognition. Morgan’s letter says it perfectly: “We hope the day never comes when known steroid users are voted into the Hall of Fame. They cheated. Steroid users don’t belong here.”

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Gunnar Vachris is a VI Form Boarding Student from Southborough Massachusetts. He has a deep passion for sports, classic rock, and Yodels. As a Head Admissions Prefect, Special Olympics Volunteer, and former Peer Discussion Leader, Gunnar enjoys working with people and educating them about the elements of St. Mark’s School. He strives to lead a life of leadership and service, hoping to positively impact the people around him.

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