Sure, Jeff Bagwell belongs in the Hall of Fame. How can anyone argue otherwise?
OK, I know the answer to that one, and you probably do, too. So does Bagwell.
As he once said, "Are you telling me that every player of my generation who did great things is going to be suspected of using steroids?"
Yes, Jeff, that's the world in which we now live.
"What if a guy worked his tail off and did things right?" he asked.
Life is not fair, etc.
Some voters see only that Bagwell added slabs of muscle and hit a bunch of home runs. Because many of his contemporaries were exposed as steroid users after doing those two things, some voters are connecting dots. Voters long ago sent the message that any player who used steroids won't get in the Hall of Fame.
Who wants a steroid user standing on that stage with Frank Robinson and Hank Aaron in Cooperstown anyway?
Problem is, we are never going to know all the players who used steroids. We may know a few of the names, but there's no way we're ever going to know them all.
That's the hideous nature of performance-enhancing drugs. No testing program -- and baseball has the best in all of professional sports -- can rid a sport of the suspicion.
This attitude is unfair to the players who worked hard and played by the rules, but no one has come up with a sensible alternative.
Some voters say they're ignoring performance-enhancing drugs and voting for the best players of their generation regardless.
Many others -- like the ones who didn't vote for Bagwell last year when he appeared on the ballot for the first time -- are excluding players they suspect may have used steroids whether there's real evidence or not.
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Jeff Bagwell definitely belongs in the HOF.
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