Ryne Sandberg is so tired of steroid players in the MLB that he has shared his opinion that they have no place in the Baseball Hall Of Fame. The Chicago Cubs great and current Philadelphia Phillies third base coach isn’t shy.
He was first asked by MLB.com about whether his Hall of Fame speech in 2005, when he emphasized playing the game the right way, influenced his opinions on recent Hall of Fame voting. Numerous big names who allegedly took steroids during their careers, including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and former Cub Sammy Sosa, have not come close to making it into the Hall.
“Well, first of all, the voting is in the hands of the sportswriters who follow the game, and I think that the writers once again sent a strong message to baseball that illegal drugs and all that is not and should not be a part of baseball.” Sandberg replied. “I think it was very loud and clear. I think that’s a strong stance, and it’s good for the future of the game.”
Sandberg then emphasized his steroid opinion, arguing that alleged users have no place in the Hall of Fame.
“So to deal with that, baseball is based on numbers, and I believe that any tainted numbers do not belong in the Hall of Fame,” he said.
Indeed, Sandberg believes the Hall should be clean of alleged cheaters.
“I can say that in the history of the Hall of Fame, there are no suspicions about guys who are in the Hall of Fame,” he continued. “It’s an elite group. And once you’re in the Hall, you’re in the Hall. Up until now, I think the voting system has handled things very well. And like I said before, there are no suspicions in the Hall of Fame.”
While Sandberg is right that no supposed steroid users have made it into the Hall, Hardball Talk notes that plenty of other alleged cheaters are honored in Cooperstown. Some are accused of corking bats or using spitballs, while others, including Willie Mays, have been linked to amphetamines.
Some people believe it is not right to keep other cheaters in the Hall of Fame while leaving out steroid users.