Just about everyone in baseball has an opinion about PED users – admitted and alleged – getting into the Hall of Fame, but the opinions of those already in the Hall carry a bit more weight.
Such as those of Tom Glavine, who was inducted into Cooperstown last summer.
Will PED users ever find themselves in the Hall of Fame? And, more importantly, should they?
“I don’t know that they should or not,” Glavine said on CBS Spots Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Certainly Roger and Barry’s case is a little bit different. I think those guys were Hall of Famers before the point in time where people became suspicious of what they were doing, so that’s a little bit different argument I guess. But I wouldn’t be surprised if they are never in and I wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere down the road they get in.”
Bonds, of course, holds MLB records for most home runs in a career (762) and most home runs in a season (73), while Clemens won seven Cy Youngs and two World Series titles. And yet, Bonds, 51, and Clemens, 52, are not in the Hall of Fame.
At least not yet.
“There was a time when it never seemed like it was going to happen,” Glavine said, “but over time, things change. Opinions change. And who knows? I don’t see it happening in the near future, but again, much like Pete Rose, who knows? I think somewhere down the road the conversation will be had a little bit more than it is right now.”
Rose, who allegedly bet on baseball both as a player and as a manager, has been banned from the game since 1989. He is baseball’s all-time hit king, with 4,256 hits, and won three World Series championships, three batting titles, one MVP, two Gold Gloves, and the Rookie of the Year award. He was also a 17-time All-Star.
At 74, Rose hopes that new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred will grant him clemency – and sooner rather than later. Whether Manfred will is anyone’s guess, but at least he’s considering it.
Glavine was asked which transgression – gambling or PED use – is more forgivable.
“For me, I think at this stage of the game, the PEDs – only because betting is the only death penalty we have in baseball,” he said. “We all knew it and it’s read to us every year. If you want to make PEDs that way, then I’m all for it. Go ahead.”