Saturday, July 25, 2009

Bill James, Steroids and the Hall of Fame

Bill James recently weighed in (PDF) with a somewhat stunning take on steroids and how in the future people won't think it was all that big of a deal because we will have drugs that allow us to live hundreds of years.

Baseball Crank also weighed in to agree that history will be forgiving and all the great players should be in the Hall, regardless of steroid use.

I guess you need to separate the debate over Bonds and Clemens making it into the Hall of Fame in 20 years and people living to be 1,000. Even if everyone is taking steroids in the future and wondering why all the fuss, I still wonder about about how this era will be viewed. There will also be the problem of not knowing exactly how many steroids certain players used (one time vs. entire season or career).

Read it if you haven't yet, it is thought-provoking and this is how it ends (he talks a lot about Will Clark throughout):

The end of the day here is about the year 2040, perhaps 2050. It will come upon us in a flash. And, at the end of the day, Mark McGwire is going to be in the Hall of Fame, and Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa, and Rafael Palmeiro, and probably even Barry Bonds. I am not especiallyadvocating this; I simply think that is the way it is. I only hope that, when all of these players are enshrined, they will extend a hand up to a few players from the Will Clark division of the game.

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