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“Why doesn’t anyone stump for Aaron to be booted out of Cooperstown?”

Dec 28, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

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Ken Davidoff, following up on his Hall of Fame ballot column from yesterday, brings the noise about why PED stuff shouldn’t matter when it comes to this sort of thing.  hitting the following bases:

  • Hank Aaron did greenies, so why aren’t people on his case about that?;
  • The fact that non-prescribed steroids are illegal should not be relevant to a Hall voter because (a) Hall voters aren’t lawyers; and (b) that logic would apply to greenies, cocaine and — though he doesn’t say it — alcohol in the 1920s too. It’s just not a workable reason to withhold a Hall vote now; and
  • More generally, people and the times in which they live are imperfect and there’s no way to be consistent or fair if we apply the standards of one era to the acts of those in another.

I imagine Davidoff will catch a lot of flak for this column, particularly when it comes to the Hank Aaron stuff.  But nothing he says in it is wrong, and I love the fact that he’s willing to ruffle some feathers on this stuff.

  1. bigleagues - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    MC Chaos says:

    I’m steppin to da stump
    to bounce da chump,
    back to ’54
    kickin and swearin, yeah
    say goodbye Hank Aaron,
    and if its all the same
    share the shame of exile
    from the Hall of Fame
    with Roger and Barry.
    but don’t worry, we
    keep your careers on file
    to compare and compile
    reference and revile.
    compare and compile
    reference and revile.

  2. stercuilus65 - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    More thinly disguised Bonds apologist BS. Whatever…

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