2013-01-11 / Letters

Hall Remains Hallowed

Dear Editor:

Suffice it to say those inductees in the Hall of Fame got there without the use of PED's (performance enhancing drugs). The mere fact that the users who were on the list knew they were gaining an edge (cheating the history of the hall), regardless of their past performance, puts them in a similar class as Pete Rose, the Hall's A Number One Cheater (resurrect Giamatti). To put the PEDmen on your current eligibility list in the light they deserve, each one, whether it was every pitch they threw while under the influence or every ball they hit, screwed up record books for every player who faced them or whom they faced. There are only two ways to deal with PEDmen and Pete Rose and the Hall of Fame: either treat them the way they treated baseball and place their busts in a cheaters' wing; or, discount their eligibility totally once and for all never to see their names on future lists. This controversy has gone on much too long (although it does sell newspapers and creates fodder for sports talk shows). The longer it persists, the greater the possibility these cheaters will be anointed. Americans have a marvelous penchant for forgiveness. Not this time. Honestly, does Hank Aaron deserve to be replaced by Barry Bonds? In the theater of humanity and baseball, Bonds couldn't carry Aaron's jock!

JOAN METTLER

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