What’s a Guy To Do?

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I don’t know how a guy’s supposed to write about baseball at a time like this. Since the Mark Teixeira signing, little has happened. At least, little has happened that I’m interested in. The Marlins may or may not sign Pedro, Michael Young wants to be traded rather than play third base and Manny still has no place to hang his size 42 extra husky pants.

My Penn State Nittany Lions lost the Rose Bowl (to no one’s surprise) and the Philadelphia Eagles may just be following in the Phillies footsteps on the way to an unprecedented second major sports championship for Philadelphia in as many tries.

Some may find all of this incredible but I choose to envoke my signature catch phrase:

“Meh.”

The catch phrase is not as cool if you can’t see me shrug my shoulders as I say it, but this isn’t the ML-VIDEO-Blogosphere. 

In all, I am very bored right now and I must apologize to all of the dedicated fans of my blogs.

Sorry, Elizabeth and Kaybee! May your tears be dried by the man of your dreams!

The Hall-Of-Fame vote did take place earlier today and the hallowed hall will now open its doors to Ricky Henderson and Jim Rice. Congratulations to the both of you. What an incredible honor.

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Now, I don’t have a Hall-Of-Fame vote officially. Not yet, anyway. But if I did, I would still haveto write the name “Mark McGwire” on my ballot. Agrue as much as you want, but somehow we keep holding things against guys like him in the court of public opinion.

Maybe he took steroids, maybe he didn’t, I don’t know, I’m not a criminal investigator just like every other sports writer who won’t vote for Mark McGwire. But we’re still going to treat him like he did, aren’t we? We’re still going to act like it because we don’t dare risk the “integrity” of the hall-of-fame.

It’s the hall-of-fame, not necessarily the hall-of-model citizens. Many will say McGwire and Bonds cheated but all they really did was cheat better than most others. We’ll easily deem the mid 90’s to 2005 as the “steroids era” which implies that most everyone was using steroids at that time, yet we still hold it against the guys who were still the best.

If a lot of guys were on steroids when Mark McGwire was chasing Roger Maris, how come he was the only guy hitting all the home runs? Is it possible that despite the roids he may or may not have taken, Mark McGwire was still a strong and talented slugger?

Babe Ruth had his demons (most of which ran $45 an hour or came from cuba) and Mickey Mantle struggled with an alcohol abuse problem. As much as we want, expect and demand ball players to be perfect, sometimes they aren’t. Why do some make the hall-of-fame but not others?

All else aside, Mark McGwire had 583 home runs, good enough for 8th all time, better than Mantle, Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx. By that case alone, how can you not vote for Mark McGwire?

Maybe no one’s going to give me a hall-of-fame vote anytime soon, but as long as I have my opinion and as long as I still remember the summer of 1998, I will vote for Mark McGwire.


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3 comments

  1. juliasrants

    Scott – I don’t think you can compare the possible use of PEDs (a CHOICE someone makes) with someone who struggles with alcohol abuse (NOT a choice). I have to agree with those who feel that McGwire, Clemens, Bond and others don’t deserve to be in the HOF because of use of PEDs. I also agree that Pete Rose doesn’t belong in the HOF because of gambling. When a player makes the decision to do something that violates the rules of Baseball then they have to live with the consequences. There is a difference between behavior that we might not approve of – but doesn’t violate MLB policy – and behavior that does.

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  2. metmainman

    So you are an “innocent until proven guilty” kind of guy, right? Me too. I can’t say he took steriods because I don’t know for sure, but his image is too messy to be a HOFer. Just think, do yuo really want him up there with greats like Ted Williams and Babe Ruth?

    By the way, I love that picture, Got Juice?

    http://metsmainman.mlblogs.com

    • thegoodofthegame

      Innocent until proven guilty 100%. Yes, sir.
      And yes, I do want him up there with the greats, because on the field, he was one. Everyone in America knew his name that summer of ’98. He lifted the game itself on his shoulders that year and made baseball legitimate again. If that’s not a Hall-of-Famer, I don’t know what is.
      I’m not concerned with his speculated “image.” I’m concerned with who he was as a player and what he meant to the game. From what little media exposure he has, he seems like a classy guy so we can’t hold that against him. From 1992-2000, he was the hands-down best power hitter in the game, so we can’t hold that against him either. All anyone has to hold against him is alleged steroid use on the word of Jose Canseco, which doesn’t prove to me that his numbers were inflated in any significant manner.
      The media and Bud Selig want to play hardball (so to speak) and punish him for being involved in the steroids conversation, but his numbers will always be in the record books and the bat he hit #62 with will always be in the Hall-of-Fame, so keeping the man himself out just seems petty and hypocritical.
      The Hall-of-Fame is about celebrating a player’s accomplishments, right? So if they’re already doing that anyway, why not just let him in?
      ~Scott

      P.S.: Met’s suck.

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