Before I hear Pete Rose do his usual “Hey, look at me!!!” squawking on the Baseball Hall of Fame inductee announcement day, I’ll take Biggio, Schilling, Raines and/or Morris for the Class of 2013, please. Don’t worry, Mssrs. Bagwell and Piazza, I like you guys for next year’s class. Here’s Joe Posnanski’s thoughts on the whoses and whatnots for Hall worthiness in what could get messy if Bonds and/or Clemens get enough votes.
UPDATE: “Pa” and “thetic,” not a soul for the Class of 2013. At minimum, as Brett mentions in the comments, Buck O’Neil should be granted entrance to where he’s been missing for too long.
Would Ty Cobb have used steroids? I want you to think about that question for a minute. Would Ty Cobb have used steroids? While you think, take a look at a handful of Cobb quotes:
“Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It’s no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It’s a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.”
“I may have been fierce, but never low or underhand.”
“Baseball was 100 percent of my life.”
“Many a writer has said that I was ‘unfair.’ Well, that’s not my understanding of the word. When my toes were stepped on, I stepped right back.”
“I regret to this day that I never went to college. I should have been a doctor.”
“In legend, I am a sadistic, slashing, swashbuckling despot who waged war in the guise of sport.”
So what do you think? Would Cobb, who famously needed to win but who held himself to principles that few others really understood, have used steroids?
Answer: We have no bleeping idea.
See, that’s the trap of this whole PED Hall of Fame discussion — it’s tempting to start thinking you know more than you know, understand more than you understand and can get inside the heart of someone else.