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Hall of Fame to begin a drug education program

Feb 8, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

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Sadly, it’s not for Hall of Fame voters (presentation: “HGH: it really does nothing, dudes, so just chill, OK?”), it’s for the kids:

The Baseball Hall of Fame is starting a drug education program for students and young adults … The Hall plans to promote a healthy lifestyle that is free of PEDs. The program will be called “Be A Superior Example,” or “BASE” for short, and will work with the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society.

I’d like to think that this is a preemptive P.R. thing for when Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are elected on the first ballot as they should be, but you know that ain’t happening, so I’ll adjust my expectations accordingly.

  1. realpro14 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Makes sense to start at the Source….lolll

  2. kiwicricket - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    I really do fail to understand, what on earth this has to do with the ‘HOF’?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      “John, you were a first-ballot Hall of Famer. What a career! What do you owe it to!”

      “Well first and foremost the BASE program when I was a kid…”

  3. El Bravo - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Craig, it seems to me that it fairly clearly is a PR thing timed precisely before Bonds, Clemens and Sosa hit the ballot. The question it poses is anyone’s guess, but by running a ‘raise awareness’ campaign this year of all years, is clearly sending some sort of message to the HOF voters. By incorporating this into Cooperstown, it’s like they are saying, “yeah we know there’s some PED users in here, but this is what we learned from that era and how far we have come! look at us! we progressed!” To me, this just may be the MLB preemptively defending themselves against the critics once at least 2 of the 3 to get elected this year. Not that I’m actually convinced that any of them get elected, but the MLB might be thinking that way.

  4. braddavery - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Anyone else want to argue that players like Bonds, Clemens and Palmeiro will eventually get in the Hall? How on EARTH could they do a program like this and then have voters vote-in known PED abusers. There’s just no way now. You can’t set up programs teaching kids the dangers and lack of ethics of PED abuse and then in the same breath praise people who are known to have abused them. This seems like it could be a nail in the coffin of these players’ chances at induction.

    • paperlions - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Use doesn’t equal abuse.

      Your ranting still drips with ignorance of the topic. Your BBWAA membership forms are probably in the mail.

      • braddavery - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        A semantics argument about the words “abuse” and “use”? Really? Now you are just grasping at straws. Lame, man. Very lame.

  5. cur68 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Is there any evidence that the HOF people know ANYTHING about PEDS? I realize they can hire their brains, but they’ll view their choice through what is evidently a haze of misinformation and prejudiced. Frankly, IMO what they should do is clean up and define their voting regulations and voting list. Then they can publish an acknowledgement of the admitted cheaters, people of low character, and people who are perhaps less than good enough to actually be in the HOF. That way all those who seem to live in some utopian past can start getting over it already.

  6. jeffrp - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    As much as “for the kids” is an over-used cliche, I think we can all probably agree that steroids, HGH, etc are a bad thing for children and adolescents to be involved with. If the HOF, which is such a focal point for the issues surrounding these drugs, wants to use some of that spotlight to help groups such as the Taylor Hooton Foundation reduce the their use by high school kids then I think that’s great.

    I’m sure some on the internets will use this as yet another reason to go into a tizzy over Bagwell, Bonds et al, but really the sun rising in the east is usually reason enough for that to happen.

    • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      I agree with you. Despite the fact that there are some tricky moral issues having to do with whose plaques and stats go up, and assuming whatever displays the hall creates keeps those issues separate from the matter of health and wellbeing, there’s nothing wrong with reminding kids to stay clean.

  7. jwbiii - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    “The brown acid that is circulating around us isn’t too good. It is suggested that you stay away from that.”

    • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      Hey! That crap’s gonna eat through the hull!

  8. imaduffer - Feb 8, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    They can always build an additional wing to the HOF. Of course they will have to call it the PED Wing.

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