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Let’s ruin other Halls of Fame with dumb PED arguments too

Feb 6, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

Roger Clemens Red Sox

The conversation about the National Baseball Hall of Fame has become near garbage thanks to people thinking more about morals and ethics than actual baseball. But hey, at least there is a shred of a justification for that what with the “character clause” for voters. But what’s the excuse for lesser, team-specific halls of fame?

Specifically, the Red Sox, who yesterday announced that Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez and Nomar Garciaparra will be inducted. No controversy there, right? Two of the greatest pitchers of all time who did their best work in a Red Sox uniform and a guy who was the team’s offensive heart and soul for nearly a decade? We can’t argue with that, can we?

Sure we can. Or at least Gerry Callahan can:

First question for the Red Sox Hall of Fame committee: You couldn’t have waited another year? Or two? Or five? You had to bestow this honor on disgraced cheater Roger Clemens in the same year as Pedro Martinez? This is just wrong. This is like making Willie Mays share the stage with Barry Bonds, or allowing Mark McGwire to walk arm-in-arm into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame with Stan Musial.

Why is it so hard for the Sox Hall of Fame folks to say, “You cheated. You lied. You won’t go to jail, Mr. Clemens, but you can’t come in here.”

So does Jose Canseco get in next year?

He doesn’t like that Nomar is going in either because he once posed shirtless on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Seriously. That’s his reasoning.

It may be hard for media yakkers to grok this, but there are a ton — just oodles — of fans who don’t give a crap about any of that. Who watched Clemens and Garciaparra do great things in Fenway Park and, even if they don’t love them the way people love Pedro, appreciated their talent and associate them with fantastic baseball. That, for most people, it really is just about the baseball. It really is that simple.

  1. theduke233 - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Mr. Calaterra: PED’s are illegal drugs and if a baseball player uses PEDs he should be banned from the Hall of Fame. Integrity and sportsmanship are two categories for admittance into the Hall of Fame and the use of PEDs violates these rules. Case Closed!

    • paperlions - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      You just argued that Willie Mays and Hank Aaron and many others should be banned from the HOF for taking PEDs….because they both took amphetamines at a time when they were a scheduled drug (i.e. illegal).

  2. savvybynature - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    I’ll always think of Clemens as an Astro for some reason, even though he did not experience much team success during those years and it came during the latter part of his career.
    But yeah, he was awesome in Boston and totally deserves the recognition from the team.

  3. hardjudge - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Probably true that many HOFs who took the popular PEDs of their eras, most noteably, amphetamines in the 60’s and 70’s, should be kicked out of the HOF, If you use the guilt by association so popular among the BWAA. HOF should be taken away from BWAA and given to somebody else, anybody else except of course ESPN. Guilt by association is a terrible thing. Voters should not assume that someone is using, just because somebody said so without proof, like a failed drug test.

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