Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are eligible for this year’s Hall of Fame ballot and it will be interesting to see if the drug allegations against these MLB players will carry consequences similar to cyclist Lance Armstrong’s alleged doping or Pete Rose who wagered on sports.
Should Hall officials and/or the fans block this year’s former MLB stars from reaching baseball’s Cooperstown or simply ignore the fact that doping and steroids may have enhanced their statistics?
If these players are put on the Hall of Fame ballot, and are elected into baseball’s shrine, should there at least be an asterisk by their names, on their plaques or statues at least informing future fans who visit the Hall to at least question their listed achievements?
Pete Rose and the 1919 World Series Chicago White Sox (Black Sox Scandal) were banned for life when they gambled on the sport. Alleged doping cost Lance Armstrong 7 Tour de France titles and rich advertising contracts worth millions.
Will Major League Baseball allow these players on the Hall of Fame ballot despite their alleged doping to enhance their performance? Will there be any consequences or will baseball simply take an “anything goes” attitude on drugs, while continuing to harshly punish gambling?