Why does the MLB allow Joe Jackson and Pete Rose in the HOF, but it doesn’t ban the steroid freakazoids that tarnished the integrity of t…

Why does the MLB allow Joe Jackson and Pete Rose in the HOF, but it doesn’t ban the steroid freakazo… by Tony Garcia

Answer by Tony Garcia:

Your statement is incorrect: “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader are not in its Hall of Fame.(1)

As for the era of steroid-induced performance, attitudes appear to be changing. Newer electees to the Baseball Writers Association of America tend to look at this period with a less jaundiced eye, voting for induction those players whose statistics merit there status as all-time greats.

These latter-generation baseball writers are not discounting the skewing of player statistics resulting from PED usage. Rather, they are relenting to a cruel fact: it simply is not possible to gauge who did and did not use performance-enhancing drugs. Remember, drug testing was opposed by the MLB Players Association for many years.

(1) Baseball Hall of Fame

Why does the MLB allow Joe Jackson and Pete Rose in the HOF, but it doesn’t ban the steroid freakazoids that tarnished the integrity of t…

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