Re: John Fay Abstains from HOF Voting to Avoid Casting Votes for Bonds and Clemens
Originally Posted by RedsBaron
I have never been persuaded by the argument that because Hank Aaron allegedly took greenies late in his career or that Willie Mays supposedly had a bottle of red juice in his locker, then the evident PEDS use by more recent players should be forgiven and ignored.
Going 60 mph in a 55 mph zone and going 120 mph in a 15 mph school zone are both speeding but are hardly equivalent. I would not get out of shape if the first driver wasn't pulled over by the police or escaped with a warning. I can't say the same about the second driver.
There are lot of arguements on both sides of this issue that are reasonable but this one just isn't very consistent.
We have an era that was characterized by chemical enhancement. Bonds and Clemens are the poster boys for the era because they were the best of their generation.
Sportswriters want Bonds and Clemens to pay for the sins of an era for which there is no definitive beginning or end after the industry largely ignored the issue of PEDs for most of the history of PEDs use.
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