The day after Hall of Fame ballots were sent to voters, Reds legend Joe Morgan sent an email, via the Baseball Hall of Fame, to voters asking them not to vote for suspected steroid users.

Morgan was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1990 and sits on the board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Here is the email as received by The Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans, a Hall of Fame voter since 2015:

Dear C. Trent:

Over the years, I have been approached by many Hall of Fame members telling me we needed to do something to speak out about the possibility of steroid users entering the Hall of Fame. This issue has been bubbling below the surface for quite a while.

I hope you don’t mind if I bring to your attention what I’m hearing.

Please keep in mind I don’t speak for every single member of the Hall of Fame. I don’t know how everyone feels, but I do know how many of the Hall of Famers feel.

I, along with other Hall of Fame Baseball players, have the deepest respect for you and all the writers who vote to decide who enters Baseball’s most hallowed shrine, the National Baseball Hall of Fame. For some 80 years, the men and women of the BBWAA have cast ballots that have made the Hall into the wonderful place it is.

I think the Hall of Fame is special. There is a sanctity to being elected to the Hall. It is revered. It is the hardest Hall of Fame to enter, of any sport in America.