Not sure why it is, but the same folks who claim McCarthyism in the cases of Piazza/Bagwell don't offer the same enthusiastic accusations on behalf of Sosa, whose on-field credentials are also Fame worthy. Sixty plus home runs three times and 600-plus homers in total should do it alone, but Sosa was also a very good runner and thrower in the first part of his career, in addition to being a magnetic star. And in reality, there is no proof in his case either, not unless you think a weak performance before Congress is proof (I don't) or the use of a corked bat is determinative (it shouldn't be). As with Piazza and Bagwell, up for reconsideration next year.
Many athletes use steroids to become stronger and improve their abilities to play their sport. Certain players believe there is nothing wrong with using steroids. Athletes who excel greatly would normally be chosen to be in the Hall of Fame, but if using steroids, they should not be allowed. Steroids have many effects on people. Baseball players are big influences on children and teenagers which could cause even more steroid use because of major league baseball players. Even though many people agree with famous baseball athletes using steroids being in the Baseball Hall of Fame, other people disagree for many reasons because steroids are an illegal drug and the use of this drug should not be rewarded by such an honor as being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
There are very many people who vote for players to go in the Hall of Fame, but many people may have the same opinion as Tom Verducci who stated,
When I vote for a player, I am upholding him for the highest individual honor possible. My vote is an endorsement of a career, not part of it, and how it was achieved. Voting for a known steroid user is endorsing steroid use. Having spent too much of the past two decades or so covering baseball on the subject of steroids -- what they do, how the game was subverted by them, and how those who stayed away from them were disadvantaged - - I cannot endorse it. (Verducci 1).
These people take their voting rights very seriously and believe they should vote for the athlete who best deserves this honor. If these voters choose to vote for a player who has taken steroids, they are choosing to approve of steroid use in the Baseball Hall of Fame. These voters have a strict mindset and believe only the best and most loyal players should b...
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... them. If a baseball player uses steroids and they openly admit to it, the children will see that maybe the steroids are the only reason that the athlete became better and it may entice them to use steroids one day to try and make them better.
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