"Cheaters never win."
A simple statement that most of us heard from our parents. We took it as literal. If you cheat, you really don't win.
There are some now that will tell you cheating doesn't matter because everyone cheats. Apparently, if you cheat better than others, then you deserve special recognition.
Fortunately, the majority of the Baseball Writers of America, who vote on the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame nominees, still heard the echo from their mamas, "Cheaters never win."
Did Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa use performance-enhancing drugs? The evidence, some of it circumstantial and some of it eye-witness, sure says they did. The eyeball test definitely says they did.
If you believe cheaters should be rewarded, then you belong in the minority who believe these trio of players -- who might have been Hall of Fame worthy without PEDs -- belong in the most sacred of professional Hall of Fames.
Some will even say that since we don't really know who cheated and who did not, then we have to believe everyone was cheating, so just go ahead and vote in the best cheaters.
I say, under that logic, if everyone cheated, then no one who played in the "steroid era" should get inducted in the Hall of Fame. MLB turned a blind eye to what its players were putting in their bodies because of record crowds and the ridiculous homerun record chase between Sosa and Mark McGwire in 1998 that drew in TV audiences like Prince Fielder to a cheeseburger.
It was all fool's gold. We were the fools for getting taken in, while the players got all the gold.
They shouldn't get in the Hall of Fame as well.
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