Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Baseball's Record Books Don't See Eye-to-Eye With Hall Of Fame

I'm one of those people that don't think the steroid players should be in the Hall Of Fame. Most should be there, but I think this is proper punishment for these cheaters.

So the baseball Hall Of Fame will be without some of the biggest names in history. Think about it.

The all-time hit king ... Pete Rose ... isn't in the Hall Of Fame because he bet on baseball. The all-time and single season home run king ... Barry Bonds ... is suspected of using steroids. Sammy Sosa, sixth all-time in home runs, is also suspected (so is Mark McGwire, the 8th place guy).

Rafael Palmeiro (10th), Alex Rodriguez (12th) and Manny Ramirez (17th) have been caught using roids. Bonds also is the all-time leader in walks.

Here is also an interesting note. The greatest single season home run seasons will be from guys who won't be in the Hall Of Fame. Bonds (73) has that roid scandal as well as McGwire (70, 65). Sammy Sosa (66, 64, 63) is suspected of using steroids, though there hasn't been any direct proof. So the best non-steroid aided season is still Roger Maris' 61 he hit in 1961. Remember that Maris isn't in the Hall.

Roger Clemens, who struck out more batter as an American League pitcher than anyone in history and who has two of the only three 20-strikeout games, is under federal investigation for lying about his use of steroids.

It is amazing to see how the two most important things to baseball may not coexist. The record books will say one thing while the Hall Of Fame will deem it fake.

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