Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Gospel truth on PEDs and baseball, via Ray Ratto

From this column:  An unapologetic Hall of Fame ballot revealed, explained.

"I have, do, and will always believe that baseball did the PED Era to itself, so even if you hate drugs and their proponents, you can only ignore them if you honestly think the Hall of Fame is a place for only happy stories, heartwarming ethical stands and majestic figures. In other words, if a player meets the other criteria for the Hall, PEDs shouldn’t keep said player out because:
1. The player did things on the baseball field that few others did.
2. We actually don’t know who did PEDs and who didn’t. We have a few admissions, a conviction or two, and a lot of crap guesswork, which our profession actually does not technically allow.
3. Sportswriters suck at setting and maintaining the moral codes of others.
4. The Hall of Fame still has the color line to answer for.
5. Baseball willfully ignored and massively profited from the drugs era and to date has returned exactly zero dollars earned during those years. Anyone think Bud Selig isn’t going to the Hall of Fame on the first allowable bullet train?
6. I DON’T WORK FOR BASEBALL, AND I DON’T CARE WHAT IT PURPORTS TO BE. I CARE WHAT IT IS, AND THIS IS PART OF IT."

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