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Baseball Hall Of Fame.. Shame.. Infamy

Mark McGuire had a 16 year career in major league baseball during which he hit 583 home runs and had a barely respectable .263 batting average. McGuire was a home run hitter who was not noted for his fielding or base running. McGuire was never the most valuable player of the league in which he played. It is well documented that McGuire used some form of drugs during his career in an effort to increase his strength. He will be eligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Pete Rose had a 24 year career in major league baseball during which he hit 160 home runs and had a super .303 batting average. More importantly, Rose is the career hit leader with 4256 career hits. Rose was the National League's most valuable player in 1973 and was an all-star 17 years while playing 4 different positions (second base, third base, outfield, and first base). Although Rose has been eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame since 1992, the The Baseball Writers of America Association has declined to elect him into the Hall of Fame because he has admitted betting on baseball while a manager.

Roger Maris had a 12 year career in major league baseball during which he hit 275 home runs and had a barely respectable .260 batting average. Although his career was hindered many years because of injuries, he had 2 spectacular back-to-back seasons and was named the American League's most valuable player both years. In 1961, Maris hit 61 home runs and broke Babe Ruth's single season home run record of sixty home runs that had been established in 1927. He was also noted as a fine fielder and excellent base runner. Maris has been eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame since 1974, but to date has the distinction of being perhaps the finest baseball player not elected to the baseball shrine.

So here are the questions...

Should Mark McGuire be elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame by the Baseball Writers because he was able to hit 583 home runs, albeit with the aid of some form of chemical enhancements?

Should Pete Rose, who had one of the longest, most distinguished playing careers ever, but broke the rules by betting on the game as a manager, be elected to the Hall Of Fame?

Should Roger Maris, who had a short but distinguished playing career with two spectacular MVP years, be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Posted by Rick | March 19, 2005 04:22 PM

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