Clemens, Bonds and Rose – Who is Deserving of the Hall of Fame?
Posted by admin on February 28, 2008
With all of the controversy surrounding Roger Clemens and his high-profile steroid case, I got to thinking about how scandals can affect athletes’ chances of making it into their respectiveÂ Halls of Fame. Take for instance a player like Pete Rose. He has been banned from the Hall of Fame for life. And for what? Betting on baseball as a player. Now, that sounds like a pretty bad thing, right? Well, I don’t know about that. BettingÂ on the other teamÂ and thenÂ taking a dive is one thing andÂ is in clear violation of the unspoken moral rules in baseball. But, Rose didn’t do that. Most of the time he didn’t even bet on the Reds. And when he did, he bet that they would win. So, obviously he wasn’t taking a dive or cheating to make some quick cash.Â Rather, he was supremely confident that his team would win. I do not see the wrong in that.
Now, juxtaposeÂ Pete’s situation with that of Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. It has been proven that Barry Bonds did, in fact, take steroidsÂ to enhance his performance. He has not been punished, though, because no one has proven that he knowingly took steroids. But the reality of situation is that Bonds had illgal help getting to where he is today. Ask yourself whether or not Bonds will be inducted into the Hall of Fame one day. The answer is that he most likely will.Â Does that seem fair?Â Nope. Furthermore, although Bonds has faced a lot of scutinyÂ fromÂ the media, theÂ league and from once adoring fans, he has not been completely cut off from the game like Rose was – and all without cheating or having some kind of outside help to bolster his game.Â
Roger Clemens isÂ in a similar situation as Bonds. ThoughÂ conclusive evidence has yet to surface regardingÂ the Clemens affair, Roger hasÂ already faced the ever present gossip that has primarily centered around how this incident will affect his bid for the Hall of Fame.Â If weÂ go by what the analysts and bloggers are saying, Roger Clemens may face a littleÂ bitÂ of a tarnished reputation, butÂ will in no wayÂ be precluded from the Hall of Fame. AndÂ obviously he has not been cut off for the baseball world as he is still pitching for the Yankees.
The banning of Pete Rose just seems a bit much in my eyes. Here is a player who played his heart out, game in and game out. Yes, he made a mistake in betting on baseball and on his team in particular. ButÂ when it came to the actual games, he never took a dive or threw a game.Â He alwaysÂ played to the best of his ability. He wasÂ the prototypical competitor. ComparedÂ to Bonds who did take steroids and Clemens who may or may not have taken steroids, Pete Rose seems like he is a lot more deserving of theÂ Baseball Hall of Fame than either one of them.Â Â