I'm pretty much fed up with all the moral hogwash that the baseball writers have been spewing when it comes to voting players into the Hall of Fame so I sent this as a letter to the editor to my local daily. They guys that cover baseball in my area are more Murray Chass than Dave Cameron, for what it's worth.
--Is anyone else disgusted by the moral grandstanding of the writers charged with choosing who belongs in the National Baseball Hall of Fame? Now that certain players who may or may not have used steroids are on the ballot for the Hall of Fame the writers have suddenly had their self righteous awakening and have decided they must protect the "legacy" and the "moral integrity" of the game. If that's the case and they have to pass some type of moral judgment, then it's time to boot out a few current Hall of Famers who have clearly failed the morality test. Babe Ruth and players from that generation have to go. The game was segregated and they never played against the greatest players from the Negro Leagues, like Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell. Ty Cobb, arguably the game's greatest hitter? Noted racist. He's out too. Sorry Mickey Mantle, you were a drunk and womanizer. There's just no place in the Hall of Fame for a man of your character. Hank Aaron? You're out as well. You and every other player from the 1960s through the 1980s who has admitted to using amphetamines. You've enhanced your on-field performance too. Players on the ballot for the Hall of Fame should solely be judged for their on-field performance. The writers shouldn't be judging the players on anything else. Every era of baseball history has had its dark cloud moments. Put the greatest baseball players of all time in the Hall of Fame and let the fans debate their merits.--