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I’m voting for Mark McGwire this time for the Hall of Fame, but I’ll get back to that in a minute.

 

I’m voting for two others and that’s it: It’s Bert Blyleven’s 12th year on the ballot and he deserves entry because he was terrific. So I’m voting for him.

 

Rickey Henderson — slam dunk, no discussion needed.

 

The third and last one I’m voting for is McGwire because he deserves it. I didn’t vote for him the previous two times because I’m pretty sure he used performance enhancing drugs and that bothers me. But I realize so many players of his generation did and if they’re on the ballot it’s not up to me to be judge and jury. Heck, I’m going to vote for Barry Bonds — a better player than McGwire — and I believe he was the poster child for drug cheating.

 

Another thing. Reggie Jackson is in the Hall and McGwire’s numbers compare favorably with Jackson’s.

 

Batting average: McGwire .263, Jackson .262.

 

Home runs: McGwire 583, Jackson 563.

 

McGwire was a better fielder than Jackson and he held the one-season home run record for a minute. He deserves entry on performance, and I’ve come to think that’s the only criterion that counts.

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  1. Fred

    I wouldn’t vote for him. I wouldn’t vote for Barry either. I understand the comment about performance and Bonds was a Hall of Fame guy before he cheated. But the fact is that he did cheat. McGuire wouldn’t have hit that many homers if he wasn’t on the juice. Both in my mind have questionable character and I don’t believe in rewarding people who cheat or are jerks. By the way I was at many of Barry’s landmark homers with my son and I wanted to believe it was legit at the time. Yeah I drank the Kool Aid. But now that I am wide awake he’s killed those memories for both of us. I’m pretty sick about the 2002 team in general. I am also surprised you are going to vote for McGuire but that’s your right. I just have a different point of view.

    December 23rd, 2008 5:16 pm

  2. Chris Menefee

    McGwire should not be in the hall, at least not at this time. He needs to wait several more years. And saying that his numbers are comparable to Reggie Jackson is absurd. Most, if not all, of McGwire’s homeruns were steroid induced, while Reggie’s were not. Reggie was a very good fielder and baserunner early in his career. He was the A’s starting centerfielder in the 1973 World Series, and made an oustanding diving catch in that series, which he was named MVP of.

    December 23rd, 2008 7:32 pm

  3. Philly Bman

    People care more about McGwire and Bonds cheating than our President being impeached for worse crimes. Over half of the players used steriods during the 80′s and 90′s. This argument is so pointless because MLB did nothing to prevent this. Americans want to be know-it-alls and use players like this as scapegoats. Just vote him in. Of course I agree Henderson is a free ticket in but Mark should wait a little longer.

    December 23rd, 2008 10:59 pm

  4. Bob Raines

    While I am glad that MLB has clamped down on steroids, I don’t think that use of them should disqualify a player from the HOF. First of all, it wasn’t even against baseball rules until just recently. Secondly, the fact that players use larger gloves and better bats, pitchers throw in huge stadiums,and fielders roam on artificial turf doesn’t mean that they are less deserving of HOF membership than a player who had none of those technological advantages. The fact that steroid use was as rampant as implied in the Mitchell Report means that Bonds, McGuire, Sosa, Clemens, and so on were still standouts among those who were juicing. Just like the extensive use of recreational drugs by athletes in the 70′s, steroids will be a hallmark of this era.
    And on Burt Blyleven, yes, he’s HOF all the way.

    December 24th, 2008 8:51 pm

  5. mark mclerran

    Back in the day of Babe Ruth, to the later years of Whitey Ford and Roger Maris, the players used enhancements too. They were alchoholics and smoked huge stogies,and cigarettes.That was common and part of the life style. Todays lifestyle is full of quick this, and fast acting that. I feel that the use of these enhancements was a modern way of keeping a sharp edge on the competition. Now that it has been deemed illegal,(for pro players, but not for grandpas with arthritis) it shouldn’t reflect on those who may have taken them before it was deemed illegal. I wholeheartily vote yes for Barry Bonds and Mark McGuire to be voted into the Hall of Fame. No astrix * nessesary.

    December 28th, 2008 7:31 am

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