This morning on Mike and Mike in the Morning, Roger Cossack revealed that in his estimation the Federal Government had spent around $10 million on the perjury trial of Roger Clemens. I do not want to spend too much time turning my sports blog into a rant over Government issues, but seriously was proving that Roger Clemens lied in court really worth the time and especially the money? As a friendly overall reminder that this is the same Government that flirted with ideas of multiple furloughs agency wide to help with national debt, yet decided that they can afford months of preparation and millions of tax payer dollars to prove someone lied in court.
Now onto the baseball aspect of this discussion, will Roger Clemens make it to Cooperstown? I am not one to discriminate against players doing what they did during the “steroid era” because MLB was equally responsible for this time in baseball. MLB and MLBPA did not have a strict drug testing policy in place during this time in baseball, and thus served as an enabler of drug use in baseball. Anyone that wants to judge those players with an asterisk and say they are not Hall of Fame worthy would be wise to remember they are likely culprits of looking the other way during this time. The players that are in this discussion about their Hall of Fame worthiness despite their steroid use were likely Hall of Fame players anyways. If you are going to place an asterisk next to each player’s name and look at them under a microscope and say they are likely not going to be in the Hall of Fame because of links to steroid use, then I pose the idea that we need to wipe out the entire front office of MLB and the work they have done. In fact, all articles and accomplishments that all media personnel attained during the “steroid era” should be discarded.
It means nothing to me as a fan to sit here and watch as countless media and MLB front office personnel try and discard the accomplishments of players due to their connection with steroids, while they themselves were equally responsible for steroids reaching the level that they did in baseball. All players from the “steroid era” should be evaluated based on their on the field accomplishments only when determining their place in Cooperstown. After all in the NFL we don’t ever seem to treat players that are in violation of the PED policy with such scrutiny as we do in baseball.