As a former resident of Cooperstown, it makes me happy that players such as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa did not earn election into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Jan. 9.
My hope is that those in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America don’t soften their stance on players who stained the game by taking illegal drugs to enhance their performance.
Bonds, Clemens and Sosa should never, ever get into the Hall of Fame. If they do, the Hall had better close its doors. To honor players who cheated to gain success would be a disservice to the many players who didn’t need drugs to play the game at a high level.
To those writers who did vote for Bonds, Clemens and Sosa _ they garnered 36.2, 37.6 and 12.5 percent of the vote, respectively _ you are not helping baseball.
If the cheaters get in, Cooperstown will be hurt. Fewer people will come and that would be sad.
Cooperstown has already suffered since the Hall of Fame Game was discontinued.
One sure-fire way to rid baseball of drugs is by attaching lifetime bans to anyone who tests positive. No three strikes and you’re out policy but a one strike and you’re out policy.
It appears things might return to normal next year, when writers can vote for players with no steroid clouds hanging over their heads, including first-timers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas and Mike Mussina. The BBWAA also should give consideration to players such as Jack Morris, Mike Piazza, Lee Smith and Fred McGriff.
Oh, and you might want to write in Pete Rose’s name as well.
Richard Snyder, Oneonta
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