In December of 2007, former U.S. Senator George Mitchell released the famed “Mitchell Report,” which detailed the PED use (both alleged and confirmed) of 89 MLB players, including some of the sport’s biggest stars.
In the nearly 12 years that have past, not one player named in that report has been voted into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Additionally, no players that have tested positive (or acknowledged PED use) since are enshrined in Cooperstown.
Unlike “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and Pete Rose, these players being kept out isn’t MLB’s responsibility — not officially, anyway. The responsibility here rests on the shoulders of sports writers who vote on the Hall of Fame. For different reasons, the time has come for those voters to finally welcome these players.
Undeniable hypocrisy: While PED users have been shunned from Cooperstown, those who benefited from having them around have been welcomed with open arms.
Bud Selig, MLB’s commissioner during the Steroid Era, was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2017. We can’t be so naive as to think that Selig (and the sport in general) didn’t benefit financially from packed parks and TV deals that PED users had a huge hand in creating.