It’s always a hot topic with baseball purists, whether or not guys like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and other noted PED users should be allowed to be enshrined in Cooperstown. Joe Morgan, former second basemen of the Reds during the era of “The Big Red Machine”, thought it was time the voters heard what he had to say, because obviously his opinion means oh so much.
Morgan is quoted in his letter by saying “…it still occurs to me that anyone who took body-altering chemicals in a deliberate effort to cheat the game we love, not to mention they cheated current and former players, and fans too, doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame. By cheating, they put up huge numbers, and they made great players who didn’t cheat look smaller by comparison, taking away from their achievements and consideration for the Hall of Fame. That’s not right.”
Come on Joe, just because you got the luxury of hitting guys who topped off at 88 mph doesn’t mean that what Bonds, Clemens, etc. did for the game of baseball should have less leverage. Bonds won 3 MVPs before he even got ripped up, the guy is arguably the greatest baseball player of all time.
Bonds supposedly started using after the 1998 season, look at these numbers before he began using, you have an argument that these alone should get him a plaque.
As someone who grew up watching Bonds, I see more and more players getting into the Hall over him that couldn’t hold a candle to what he did for the game of baseball. Just because Joe Morgan “tied an onion to his belt, because it was the style at the time”, or gave “5 bees for a quarter”, doesn’t take away all the memories these players gave fans. Give them their shine, time to let the best players of a generation into Cooperstown.