Performance Enhancing Drugs and the Hall Of Fame

One of the biggest controversies in sports is the use of steroids. It especially pertains to the Major League Baseball. Every so often there is allegations of certain players using performance enhancing drugs to cheat their way into the history books. Some of the most remembered names when thinking of performance enhancing drugs in the MLB is Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa. Those three have all been linked to using PED’s while playing in the MLB, and have collected many records during their time in the MLB. Now the big question is, should players that have used PED’s be in the Hall of Fame? That question will spark different controversies across the nation. Yes, they are some of the most decorated players that have ever stepped foot on a baseball diamond, but how good would if they of been without using performance enhancers. That is a question we will never know. My opinion is that in today’s world and how the hall of fame is constructed today, no they should not be inducted. They should not have the fame and glory of being on a list of names of the greatest players to ever play. To be listed with players that did it the right way, that used their God given talents and work ethic to get the recognition of their play. It would be a down right atrocity to have any player that has tested positive for any PED to be inducted. For one reason, what is that telling the generation of players todays and future generations of players? Do we allow society to think that it’s alright to cheat? To cut corners to get recognition? To use alternative methods instead of work ethic?

If in the future the HOF decides to make a separate category of the hall of fame that is for known PED users I would be for it. The section of the HOF would be only available to known users. I believe that would be the only fair way for induction of PED users the HOF.

Articles:

http://rockrivertimes.com/2017/01/29/thomas-sounds-off-on-steroid-users-hall-of-fame/

 

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2017/0119/Why-suspected-steroid-users-are-now-getting-into-the-Baseball-Hall-of-Fame

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One thought on “Performance Enhancing Drugs and the Hall Of Fame

  1. You have made some very good points here. I agree that there is no rightful place for PED users in the baseball Hall of Fame. The amazing players who are currently in the Hall of Fame are amazing because of their hard work, determination, discipline, and skill. PED users do not possess those qualities. Obviously, you do not have self-discipline if you choose to partake in something very illegal in order to make it to the big time and be successful. PED users rely on their steroids or whatever it is that they use in order to be successful, rather than true grit and hard work. How pathetic would it be if a PED user was next to a truly inspirational athlete in the Hall of Fame? I’ll answer my own question: downright pathetic.

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