I like to think that my opinions about Major League Baseball matter. Not really sure if they do, but maybe that’s why I share them on here and not as a member of the Baseball Writers of America.
The 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame results were announced tonight, and surprisingly, I won’t be doing too much yelling.
Drum roll please…
Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman get to head up to Cooperstown this summer to be inducted into the hall of fame. Jones and Thome were first-year balloters, while it was Vlad’s second year and Hoffman’s third.
These were the players I grew up watching. I remember in elementary school I had a folder that had Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Ivan Rodriguez, and Vladimir Guerrero on it. I watched Chipper Jones on the Braves, Jim Thome bounce around in the AL Central between the White Sox and Indians, and Trevor Hoffman play for the Brewers.
Each one of these guys is respectable, and I’m happy they got in. So I won’t be doing a lot of yelling. However, when it comes to players from the steroid era, I might raise my voice a little.
Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds came in seventh and eigthth, respectively, and after their tenth year on the ballot, they get kicked off. (The rule was changed in 2015 from 15 years to 10 years.)
Back when I was on my Bumble game in the fall, my question to any guy I matched with was “Do you think players from the steroid era in baseball should be in the hall of fame?”
AKA my way of weeding out the weak.
It was fun to see what guys wrote back. One told me he didn’t follow baseball, others would say yes, and only a few I got into a serious conversation about. I think it threw guys off that that was my first question, but like I said, it was my way of weeding out the weak.
I could write another post about my thoughts on steroid era players being in the hall of fame. Maybe if I have some spare time soon I’ll write something because it deals with more than baseball itself. It reflects the culture of the time period, how the league responded (or didn’t respond) to what was happening, and the effect of usage for future players.
I mean, in my freshman year of college in my public speaking class, I wrote a persuasive speech about steroid use in MLB and that the league should adopt stronger punishments. Because that’s totally normal.