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Posted on: June 4, 2009 2:25 pm
 

Sammy Sosa to retire. Wants induction to the HOF!

Apparently, Sammy Sosa has not yet retire . Who knew?

The most interesting thing to his sit-down with ESPN: “I will calmly wait for my induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Don’t I have the numbers to be inducted?”

Uh, sure. So does Rafael Palmeiro. And there’s the problem.

We know what Palmeiro did. We know what Barry Bonds and  Roger Clemens did.

We think we know what Sosa did.

Is that enough to keep him out of Cooperstown?

My take is let them all in if they have the numbers. The times were what they were. Provide the context as necessary so future generations will realize some of these outlandish numbers may be or definitely are tainted. The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum should be already crafting it's blue prints for The Steroids Wing, aka The House that ‘Roids Built.

 

The Steroids Wing will feature interactive exhibits on the notable events and players who marked this era. The Wing will have its own Gallery of inductees – players who, had they not played and partaken in this Age of Enhancement, would likely be in the main Gallery on the other end of the Hall. Every inductee, every fan, every historian will enter this wing through the same archway, on which will be inscribed the words said by George Mitchell the day he released his report on the use of banned substances in baseball:

 For more than a decade there had been widespread illegal use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing substances by players in Major League Baseball in violation of federal law and baseball policy. …

Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Sammy Sosa represent an inaugural class that rivals the Hall’s first class of Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson.

 

The truth is, the cheats belong in Cooperstown, regardless of the Mitchell Report.

Not because they should be honored. Rather, because history should be honored.

If the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is indeed a repository of the game’s history, how can you leave these central figures out?

 

We can say ban them all. They cheated. They threatened the very integrity of the game –the so-called level playing field — and therefore don’t deserve to set foot in Upstate New York, let alone Cooperstown. That sentiment is valid.

Except we can’t erase history, we can’t erase achievement, no matter how tainted. We can only clarify, contextualize, providing the proper perspective for future generations who will look at the outlandish numbers from the late 1980s through part of this decade and wonder how in the hell that happened.

Example:

Dad?

Yes, son?

Who is Todd Hundley?

Pretty much a journeyman player. Nothing special. Why?

Well, how did he hold the record for home runs in a season by a catcher?

That’s a funny story, son. Well, not so funny. Let’s walk to the Steroids Wing; the movie narrated by Jose Canseco explains everything.

He’s a hero, right?

No, son, no ….


Build the wing, and isolate these greats/chumps there. Do it for the kids; if they know the history, there’s less of a chance it will be repeated.



Posted on: December 6, 2008 7:48 am
Edited on: December 6, 2008 8:20 am
 

Make Your Hall Of Fame Vote!

Regardless of your thoughts about Rickey Henderson, there are two indisputable facts: 1) He is a sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer and 2) He could make you scratch your head with some of his quotes.

With Ricky Henderson on the HOF ballot, here was a good read on "The 25 Best Ricky Henderson Stories"

No, I am not a member of the BBWAA, but over on Dugot Central, they actually had a pretty interesting exercise this past week. Each of the writers at DC were asked to submit their selections for the Hall of Fame by noon Friday, Dec. 5th.

The players up for induction are as follows:

  • Harold Baines
  • Jay Bell
  • Bert Blyleven
  • David Cone
  • Andre Dawson
  • Ron Gant
  • Mark Grace
  • Rickey Henderson - all-time leader in runs (2,295) & stolen bases (1,406) plus 81 leadoff HRs to lead off a game; 3,055 hits including 297 HRS. 1 MVP award; 2x World Series champ; single-season stolen-base record of 130 in 1982
  • Tommy John - 15th and final appearance
  • Don Mattingly
  • Mark McGwire
  • Jack Morris
  • Dale Murphy
  • Jesse Orosco
  • Dave Parker
  • Dan Plesac
  • Tim Raines
  • Jim Rice - 15th and final appearance, .298 career hitter with 382 home runs and 1,451 RBIs
  • Lee Smith
  • Alan Trammell
  • Greg Vaughn
  • Mo Vaughn
  • Matt Williams

The fun part is that my contemporaries are starting to show up on the ballot. I have always heard how great Tom Seaver was, but I never actually saw him pitch live. I can now weigh in on just about 90% of the players on the ballot.

SO SUBMIT YOUR BALLOT here on CBSsports.com

2008 results (scoll down) The 2009 class will be announced on Jan. 12, 2009

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