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Readers Respond: Should Mark McGwire Be in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Responses: 13


From the article: Mark McGwire Timeline
Mark McGwire hit 583 career homers, and broke the single-season record with 70 homers in 1998. But he also admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his career. Should he be in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

No way

He lied to everyone. He doesn't deserve to be in the HOF. I don't care to see him anymore.
—Guest jane


No, his using drugs was 100 times worse than Rose betting -- cheaters need to be kicked out of the game.
—Guest David Silverwood

Perpesctive, everybody

Was Mark dominant among his peers? Did he help re-fuel intersest in the game? Did a lot of players "use" during his time? YES
—Guest Jerry Wilson

Why should he be?

Why should he be when there are so many guys that are just as good as him who haven't been inducted yet?
—Guest Bill

Rules are rules

Mark erred in his judgment when allegedly using stroids. When did he start and when did he quit? He was a stronger son and probably never needed them. I watched him throughout his career and he was definitely a natural power hitter. He had a "sweet swing." Nevertheless, if he did use enhancements, he broke the rules. As much as I would have like for him to enter the Hall of Fame I think he determined his own destiny and thus will not enter the Hall of Fame.
—Guest The Sports Professor

McGuire in HOF- Nevah

He ain't nevah gonna make it. Nevah! He waffled when asked and only told the truth (which may be a partial truth) to get back into baseball.
—Guest Mike

Why not?

He was a decent hitter and would have hit 35-40 HR a year without the steroids. The only thing that the steroids did was actually keep him healthy enough to last longer in the league. Many of the power hitters from the late nineties were taking steroids, so for that time period, the playing field was level. Should we compare McGwire to Ruth? Heavens no; but he did have some incredible years and with the pitchers even juicing, I'd say everything was fair. The numbers may have been inflated, but it was fair at the time. I say let him into the Hall of Fame.
—Guest Gwale

Get Pete Rose in First....

He's a liar, a cheater, and was a very arrogant jerk...till he got caught. Disgusting example for all kids.
—Guest Lowell

No Way

He lied to everyone. He lied to Congress. He lied to the fans. He lied to the commissioner about taking steroids. He doesn't deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.
—Guest Bluejaydog

McGwire in the Hall, nope.

Nope. Nope to all the cheaters who lessen the accomplishments of all those ahead of them, and who have played during their time (including A-Rod/Bonds, Clemens, etc...).
—Guest john gx

Definitely in the Hall of Fame

Definitely - if you look at the personal lives of many in the Hall of Fame - many should not be in there - we live in a world where morals are eroding - taking a few steroids is a lot less immoral than drinking, smoking and whoring around - McGuire will pay for his steroid use as he gets older
—Guest barry fiore


The steroid use shows he didn't think he was good enough to be a Hall of Famer. He cheated the system. Why should we let a cheater into the Hall of Fame? It just doesn't make sense, does it.
—Guest B Dup

Sad case

No way! I really feel for this guy, but I can never look at him or his stats without thinking "fake."
—Guest newshound

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