Hall of Fame: Forget character, welcome characters

  • Article by: Jonathan Mahler , Bloomberg View
  • Updated: January 9, 2013 - 2:04 PM

The Baseball Hall of Fame has its share of racists, wife- beaters, drug dealers and sociopaths. So how can we justify punishing virtually everyone who played during the Steroid Era?

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quincy7981Jan. 9, 13 2:25 PM

Lame question...easiest debate answer every. We can justify it because the HOF reflects on-the-field play. All of those other things listed are off-field issues which might make someone a terrible person, but don't affect the integrity of baseball as a game and as a fair playing field. Steroids and gambling on baseball (betting for or against your team) affect on-field issues. Dumb question.

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quincy7981Jan. 9, 13 2:30 PM

And to say that "just about everyone" who played during the steroid era used PED's is a malicious statement with no basis in fact (not even the most cynical objective investigation has even come close to saying that a majority of players were on steroids. It's a clueless statement that proves that Mahler has no credibility about which he speaks.

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kinnickJan. 9, 13 2:38 PM

This 'writer' just doesn't get it.What people do outside of work is one think but when you cheat in the work place u are punished----ala Pete Rose. Do you really think it's fair to Hank Aaron to be beaten by someone who cheated? Drinking booze in excess doesn't and being a racist doesn't break any rules of baseball. Welcome to the world of good old fashion justice.

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jabuyerJan. 9, 13 3:08 PM

While there's an argument to be made that off the field antics should not keep players out of the HOF, this is a poor example. PED's actually effect (enhance, as the name suggests) performance on the field. So Bond's home runs, one of the "metrics" we should look at, are tainted. Keep him out because of that, not because he's also a jerk.

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cootoriginalJan. 9, 13 3:46 PM

quincy7981 has it right. Off-the-field actions don't directly affect the game and shouldn't be considered. Last time I checked it was legal to be a jerk, or think politically incorrect thoughts. If ever a PED user gets in their stats should have an asterisk questioning its validity. Perhaps the hall of fame can build a separate room for the steroid users and fans can choose or not choose to visit it. Of course, that would be wrought with lawsuits of defamation. Guess this whole thing just stinks.

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sarahanneJan. 9, 13 4:47 PM

For the press to spout such outrage that baseball players were doing drugs is disingenuous. Especially when these writers were going into clubhouses and see players popping these drugs and see them in their locker and ignored it. If there is a baseball writers Hall of Fame I hope they will not allow in any writers who did nothing when players were obviously doing drugs before them.

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