Joe Morgan Wants Steroid Users Barred From Hall of Fame

drbretto

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The era has its own asterisk anyway. It's already part of the story and people are already free to wag their fingers at these players all they want. They still played. They still represented the game for a generation of fans. They're still some of the greatest to ever play the game. The records were shattered because it was the steroid era, and we already adjust our statistical expectations on era. This era doesn't need to be any different.

FFS, I thought we were done with the Mitchell Report more than a decade ago. Joe Morgan suuuuucks.
 

DJnVa

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Jeff Passan gives up his HoF vote: https://sports.yahoo.com/giving-hall-fame-vote-joe-morgans-letter-144738128.html

Of the 1,069 propagandizing words sent Tuesday to Baseball Hall of Fame voters urging them to just say no to steroids, none encapsulated the museum’s winning combination of self-reverence and tone-deafness quite as blatantly as the six in which it called itself: “The most sacred place in Baseball.” If, by sacred place, the Hall means one in which racists, wife beaters, drunks, gamblers and purveyors of manifold moral turpitude otherwise are celebrated, well, Cooperstown is a shining beacon of divinity set upon a hill of hypocrisy.
 

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I have usually heard Mother's Little Helper was valium, in the song it was "there's a little yellow pill" 5 mg Valium was yellow



where Miltown was white



Either would work though by making Mom mellow and pliable.

The "muscle relaxer" Soma produces meprobamate as the active ingredient once it goes through your liver.
 

Van Everyman

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I think it might. Part of the problem is there's nothing else to do out there (unless you're a big James Fenimore Cooper fan). So if I'm grumbly about the Hall not including Barry Bonds or Papi or whoever, I'm not going to make the hours-long trip. As opposed to say the Hockey HOF where it's probably just a few hours on an itinerary of things to do in Toronto, and you'd still stop by even if your guy got snubbed.

Maybe this will spur an uptick in visitors who want the kids off their lawn and pine for the halcyon days of pure baseball that never actually existed.
I went to Cooperstown in the mid-2000s and was completely and utterly disappointed. From the complete whitewashing of the Negro leagues, to the “lockers of current players” that hung jerseys of players who hadn’t been on those teams for multiple years at that point, to exhibit after exhibit of Babe Ruth hagiography, I couldn’t have been less impressed.

About the only thing I did find inspiring? Was the Hall itself. The plaques were stately, the decor simple. There was something awesome about it in the truest sense of the word.

The rest of it was a dump.
 

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I feel bad making a post basically saying 'I agree', but I don't think this got as much attention as it deserved; I completely agree with basically everything in that article

People like Joe Morgan, and institutions like the Hall of Fame, prefer to retreat to the place best embodied by the postscript of the letter: “Families come to Cooperstown because they know it’s special. To parents, it’s a place they can take their kids for a uplifting, feel-good visit.”

Look, nothing says uplifting quite like the story of Cap Anson, who played an important role in keeping black players out of Major League Baseball. And if you want to feel good, how about Tom Yawkey? Not only did he resist integration, he hired a man who for years molested young, black boys at Red Sox spring training.

The most sacred place in baseball? Nah. It’s just a museum. That’s all it ever was. That’s all it ever will be.