Re: Pete Rose, a block away and impossibly far from the Hall of Fame
I honestly think that both styles of 'cheating' should be allowed in the HOF. Look at McGwire, Sosa, Conseco, and Bonds. They are the result of an era of juicing. A case can be made that they sacrificed their bodies to win games. They still swung the bats and still showed up to all the games. Plus as evidenced with Biogenesis, the testing and catching of users is still behind the science of PEDs. I am willing to bet that at least 1 if not more guys in the Hall have at least juiced before since testing was not that sofisticated.
Even so, Pete's betting is still a sin to the game. But it only affected one team for a few years. Guys using PEDs have affected history as unthinkable records were broken and names from history forgotten. Pete's playing days warrant him at least ballot consideration. The fact that the juiceheads get their names on the ballots is a joke.
The writers should think about children and upcoming ballplayers. Who are they going to be more inspiring and awestruck by when roaming the exhibits in the Hall? Seeing some insanely built power hitter hitting 73 homerun in a season montage or see Pete Rose run to first on a walk or do a head first slide into third or knocking out Fosse at homeplate?
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