As the debate on whether or not players that put up monster numbers during the “Steroid Era” deserve to be in the Hall of Fame rages on, we continue to hear from former players and current Hall of Famers. But when Hall of Famer George Brett sat down to talk to The Arizona Republic’s Bob McManaman, he seemingly upped the ante.
Brett not only revealed that he himself wouldn’t vote for the players from the “Steriod Era”, he also revealed that other Hall of Famers have vowed to boycott the Hall of Fame if any of those guys are voted in.
“Put it this way,” Brett said, “if I was voting, I wouldn’t vote for them.
“Mark McGwire hasn’t sniffed it and I don’t think they’re going to sniff it. I really don’t. If they think they’re going to make it in the Hall of Fame, I think they’ve got a lesson to be learned.”
“I wasn’t a home-run hitter,” Brett said, “but I know from talking to guys in the 500-home run club, guys like Schmitty (Mike Schmidt) and some other guys like that, if those guys make it in then they’ll never go back.”
“Meaning those guys will never go back and attend (the Hall of Fame inductions) if the cheaters get elected.”
“If nothing else, they’re guilty by association,” he said. “You hear all the stories. (Rafael) Palmeiro has been eligible and he’s not getting any votes. I think all these guys are in the same category.”
Despite how his colleagues feel, Brett does say that he wouldn’t boycott.
“It’s the right thing to do,” Brett said. “I’m a ballplayer. I know how hard the game is … and anybody that makes it in the Hall of Fame, I support. They become a member of our special fraternity. I’d be there.”
There’s always high-horsing involved when this issue is discussed. At the end of the day, guys like Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, and maybe even Sosa will eventually get in. And if a few guys get their panties in a bunch, so be it.
But make no mistake, we understand those guys’ stance, but we think it just won’t be enough to keep those guys, and those numbers, out.