The busts of hundreds of players, managers, coaches, umpires, and baseball pioneers occupy the hallowed halls of a quiet building located in Cooperstown, New York. Thousands of fans travel to this building, otherwise noted as the National Baseball Hall of Fame, each year to get a glimpse of baseball’s immortalized heroes. Hundreds of sportswriters across the nation weed out numerous hall of fame hopefuls once a year and cast their votes on who will be enshrined in Cooperstown and who will merely be a statistic of the Great American Pastime. These sports writers examine a player or coach’s career with extreme meticulousness. Not one player in the Baseball Hall of Fame is undeserving, however, over the next few years we will learn that there are a plethora of worthy hall of fame candidates overlooked because of impetuous, overzealous sportswriters. The modern era of baseball, dubbed as the “Steroid Era,” has, and continues to, produce some of the most talented baseball players of all time, yet the sportswriters who fill the ballots believe that regardless of a players ability, grit, determination, or work ethic that the “Steroid Era” has stained baseball forever.
To keep meritorious athletes who have dedicated their entire lives to perfecting the great game of baseball out of the hall simply because they play in an era where steroids are prevalent is both ludicrous and illogical. These sportswriters support their opinions with several severely flawed arguments:
Baseball is America’s Game
Baseball writers are continuously following in the footsteps of one of America’s most influential writers, Walt Whitman. Commenting on baseball, Whitman declared, “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.” Ever since Whitman tagged baseball as America’s game sportswriters have been following suit. Ironically, however, America’s “game” has shown an inclement decline in American values directly due to the baseball writers treatment of players who suited up during the “Steroid Era.” Players such as Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa have put up some impressive, hall of fame worthy statistics, but according to the writers they are guilty of using steroids until, of course, they are proven innocent, which is clearly the American way, Right? - - Not quite!
Steroids are Available
Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn are two of the newest additions to Cooperstown. Both men posted impressive, record holding careers; however, they were not unanimously voted into the hall of fame because they played in an era where steroids were supposedly present in locker rooms across Major...