Proven PED takers shouldn’t be Hall of Fame eligible

Alex Rodriguez obtained 34.3 p.c of the vote in his first look on a Corridor of Fame poll, however a fellow Cooperstown hopeful wonders why the previous slugger is even into account.

Billy Wagner informed The Put up on Wednesday that gamers suspended by MLB throughout their profession for performance-enhancing-drug infractions ought to be ineligible from showing on a Corridor of Fame poll. Rodriguez, with the Yankees, was suspended for the whole 2014 season after he was cited by MLB for acquiring unlawful PEDs from Biogenesis, a South Florida-based lab.

“To me that could be a very straightforward story,” Wagner stated. “If you’re caught and confirmed indisputably and you’re suspended, I don’t know why you’re on the poll.

“I perceive that A-Rod was one of many best gamers I ever performed in opposition to, and when all that stuff adjustments you simply have a tough time. You go, ‘Why? You have been already nice.’ For no matter purpose I simply don’t assume it’s truthful that [illegal PED users] get to take pleasure in what guys who did it the proper means are compelled to take care of. A man like Dale Murphy who goes on the market and hits and will get MVPs and does it appropriately, however doesn’t get in, however the man who takes shortcuts shouldn’t get the identical privilege.”

Billy Wagner has some sturdy emotions about gamers who used PEDs and the Baseball Corridor of Fame.
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To Wagner there’s a distinction between gamers who have been caught and suspended (Manny Ramirez additionally falls into that class) and others similar to Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who in Wagner’s thoughts have been by no means confirmed indisputably to have used PEDs, regardless of the testimony and proof in opposition to them.

“I do know there’s different guys within the Corridor of Fame purported to have used PEDs and stuff like that and so they acquired in, however to me Clemens, Bonds … it’s actual laborious to see why the true better of the very best aren’t in there,” Wagner stated.

In his seventh yr of eligibility, Wagner obtained 51 p.c of the vote by the Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America. It leaves the previous nearer with three pictures to achieve the 75 p.c threshold wanted for induction.

Reflecting on the steroids period, Wagner — who spent nearly 4 seasons with the Mets — stated the highest pitchers of the Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s ought to be humbled by it.

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Alex Rodriguez’s PED historical past ought to forestall him from Corridor of Fame candidacy, in keeping with Billy Wagner.
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“I really feel prefer it’s a praise to me that anyone needed to go and do that, they needed to go and get dietary supplements to have the ability to compete with anyone like me,” Wagner stated. “I do really feel that could be a credit score to what I introduced, and to play in that period that they had to do this as a result of they weren’t having a lot success in opposition to me.”


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