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"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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written by a guest , January 15, 2013
It's interesting how the writers, who were ostensibly using their "eyeball test" back in the late-nineties and earliest part of the twenty-first century awarded Barry Bonds seven MVPs (some of which came after he certainly flunked the "eyeball test"). To me, not putting the (arguably) BEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME in the Hall of Fame is hypocritical moralistic grandstanding by the same people who wrote books like "The Summer of ’98: When Homers Flew, Records Fell, and Baseball Reclaimed America" and were praising Bonds, McGwire, and Sosa as saviors of the game when they were playing.

As far as the “cheaters never prosper” proverb is concerned, tell that to Gaylord Perry who wrote a book called “Me and The Spitter” all about how he cheated his way into Cooperstown. Hank Aaron, Mike Schmidt, and Willie Mays (among countless others) were known to use amphetamines for a boost during their playing days. Certainly that is enhancing their
performances through chemistry (and in this case it was illegal – unlike McGwire’s androstenedione was when he used it). Maybe we should kick them all out of the Hall.

I’m not going to sit here and say that I’m pro-steroids in baseball, because I’m certainly not. But I think that it’s pretty ridiculous to keep guys out of the Hall of Fame for probably cheating (remember, the only “Hall worthy” guys that failed tests were Palmeiro and Manny). Even if they did use steroids, there wasn’t even any punishment linked to using until 2004. How can we retroactively say that the punishment for again, probably, juicing is banishment from Cooperstown? Especially when we were all cheering them on and turning a blind eye towards their hulking physiques when they were knocking the crap out of those baseballs.

That's pretty long, so I guess I won't even go into how wrong the writers are for not voting in Piazza, Biggio, Schilling, and Raines.

PS. Prince Fielder is, astonishingly enough, a vegetarian. No cheeseburgers for him.

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