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Joe Morgan yells at cloud about not allowing steroid users into Hall of Fame

Alex Reimer
November 21, 2017 - 4:28 pm

The debate surrounding whether steroid users should be allowed in the Baseball Hall of Fame is one of the most tired discussions in sports. The same talking points have been spouted for well over 10 years and both sides are fully entrenched in their views. 

But that didn’t stop Joe Morgan from weighing in.

The Hall of Fame second baseman wrote an open letter to voters Tuesday urging them to keep steroid users out of Cooperstown. In it, he talks about how admitting those characters would cheapen the sanctity of the Hall, which is home to vile racists like Ty Cobb and all sorts of other sordid characters. (Keep in mind, Hall of Fame voting results won't be revealed for another two months.)

“The more we Hall of Famers talk about this – and we talk about it a lot – we realize we can no longer sit silent. Many of us have come to think that silence will be considered complicity,” Morgan writes. “Or that fans might think we are ok if the standards of election to the Hall of Fame are relaxed, at least relaxed enough for steroid users to enter and become members of the most sacred place in Baseball. We don’t want fans ever to think that.

“We hope the day never comes when known steroid users are voted into the Hall of Fame. They cheated. Steroid users don’t belong here.

“Players who failed drug tests, admitted using steroids, or were identified as users in Major League Baseball’s investigation into steroid abuse, known as the Mitchell Report, should not get in. Those are the three criteria that many of the players and I think are right.”

Morgan acknowledges the difficulty in adhering to his strict criteria, since not every player who’s tested positive or listed in the Mitchell Report admits to using performance-enhancing drugs. David Ortiz, for example, insists his positive test in Spring Training 2003 was a false positive. 

And therein lies the central problem with the roughly 15-year-old steroid debate: there’s no way to parse out how many players used steroids and how much it helped those who did. There’s also the fact there are likely steroid users in the Hall of Fame today, since PED use started becoming widespread in the 1980s. 

Also, when Morgan talks about prohibiting drug users from entering the Hall of Fame, he could be referencing all-time greats such as Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle. All three players used amphetamines, which is now a banned substance. Meaning, if they played today, they would be considered cheaters. 

But let’s not allow logic to get in the way of a good sanctimonious rant. 

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