By Jeremy Branham

Houston (CBS Houston) – After seven years on the ballot Jeff Bagwell finally got his call to the hall.

Seven years is a long time to wait for a player with the numbers Bagwell has. The numbers are good enough to be first ballot, but the reason Bagwell had to wait so long was because of the whispers that Bagwell might have used PED’s.

There is zero evidence that Bagwell used, but even if he did, should the wait have lasted this long? Ivan Rodriguez had the same whispers and was elected in as a first ballot Hall of Famer.

Barry Bonds and Rogers Clemens are the more extreme cases for the Hall of Fame voters as they are two of the greatest players of all time, but because the writers think they used, they still haven’t been voted in after five seasons.

Which leads to the point, the voters shouldn’t have the thought process that they need to police who gets in and who doesn’t, or to try and determine who used performance enhancing drugs and who didn’t.

Yes, every year when the Hall of Fame results come in, the conversation about the voting becomes a hot topic.

In my opinion, it’s a yes or no question. Is the player a Hall of Famer or not? There shouldn’t be a difference between the first time the guy is on the ballot, or the ninth time the guy is on the ballot.

Also, writers shouldn’t be the moral police in the whole process when it comes to PED use. Frankly, everyone is guessing. Most voters think Bonds and Clemens used, and a lot of voters think some players that have been voted into the Hall of Fame have used. It’s not the voter’s purpose to be the judge, jury and executioner to decide if a player used or not.

Simply the vote should be on whether the player’s numbers are good enough. Then allow the public to form their own opinion on players. The days of the voters being the gatekeeper on morality need to end. Are the numbers good enough, or are they not?


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