Originally Posted by Bob Roarman
See, now you're starting to get the hang of things. ...
How far you wish to pursue it is completely up to the player, no one forces him to take PEDs. Just like no one forces him to go on a special diet or lift weights or train at high altitude. These are all choices. But no matter what, you are at the very least putting at risk the quality of your later life (and at present in tons of cases) if you have a career of being a professional athlete. That is unavoidable. Baseball, football, hockey, basketball, some more than others, but it's all a risk that comes with the job. And it's completely up to the players to make that choice if it's worth it to them or not. Even without PEDs, that's just the way it is, there's no enforcing that out of pro sports. It's a year round deal for most of these guys now.
You are missling the point. Of course the Hall of Fame is about image, what baseball wants to celebrate about the game. That is why players who violate federal law to gain competitive edge, putting other players in a position where they may have to consider doing so themselves. Working hard and living healthy isn't simply a parallel choice. There are fringe players who use performance-enhancing drugs in an effort to play major league baseball. Performance-enhancing drug use started in the Olympics years ago, and in an effort to keep the games clean, the Olympics have addressed the situation.
There is a difference between letting records stand and celebrating dirty players. Barry Bonds is the all-time home run king, for a season and for a career. The fact that people don't respect his achievements or even Bonds as a human being because of the way he achieved the records is why I would never vote for him to be in the Hall of Fame if I had a ballot. Last season, a suspended player even took himself out of the running for the NL batting title, setting a precedent for records achieved by dirty players not
counting, although that was an isolated case that came from a player trying to rehabilitate his image to keep working in baseball rather than a mandate from the commissioner.
Fans care about performance-enhancing drugs affecting baseball. Choosing to violate federal law and deprive yourself of years of quality life is not an option that should be celebrated in the Hall of Fame.