by Paulie Walnuts
We here at MRS are huge sports fans. There’s no doubt about it. If you’ve joined any of our fantasy sports leagues, you can see how serious we are about sports, whether it’s football, basketball, hockey, golf, baseball, or underwater basket weaving.
One thing that’s chapped our buttholes for fifteen years or more is the steroid controversy in baseball. Many of the implicated players will never see the Hall of Fame, despite their staggering numbers. Barry Bonds comes to mind, for example.
Unfortunately, even players who have never been implicated will pay the price for what their peers have done. Many of these deserving players, who have remained true to the game despite the “success” of the users, may never see the Hall of Fame, either, because the possibility will always remain that maybe, just maybe, they got away with it. Maybe they were never caught.
Personally, I don’t believe it. All of the players that used have been caught, or at least became the subject of rumor and controversy. The following list is a compilation of players from today’s era who deserve to be considered for the Hall of Fame because I believe they achieved amazing success without cheating. Leave a comment below with players you believe should be in, and let us know whether you agree or disagree. Bring it on sports fans!
CHIPPER JONES, Atlanta Braves: 439 HR, 1512 RBIs, 2517 hits, 501 2Bs, .306 AVG, .405 OB%
VLADIMIR GUERRERO, Montreal Expos, Anaheim Angels, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles: 440 HR, 1444 RBIs, 2454 hits, 449 2Bs, .319 AVG, .561 SLG%
TODD HELTON, Colorado Rockies: 336 HR, 1249 RBIs, 2256 hits, 532 2Bs, .324 AVG, .423 OB%, .555 SLG%
BOBBY ABREU, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Anaheim Angels: 1273 RBIs, 2281 hits, 530 2Bs, 374 SBs, 1370 runs, .400 OB%
JIM THOME, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins: 591 HR, 1631 RBIs, 2228 hits, 431 2Bs, .404 OB%, .558 SLG%
FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ, Anaheim Angels, New York Mets: 274 saves, 2.49 ERA, .195 BAA
MARIANO RIVERA, New York Yankees: 567 saves, 2.23 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
DEREK JETER, New York Yankees: 2949 hits, 470 2Bs, 323 SBs, .313 AVG
ROY HALLADAY, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies: 172 wins, 1753 Ks, 3.31 ERA, 1.18 WHIP
ICHIRO SUZUKI, Seattle Mariners: 2281 hits, 391 SBs, .331 AVG
ALBERT PUJOLS, St. Louis Cardinals: 415 HR, 1248 RBIs, 427 2Bs, .330 AVG, .424 OB%, .622 SLG%
LANCE BERKMAN, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals: 335 HR, 1121 RBIs, 390 2Bs, .409 OB%, .549 SLG%
JOHNNY DAMON, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays: 2595 hits, 1576 runs, 489 2Bs, 389 SBs
IVAN RODRIGUEZ, Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Washington Nationals: 310 HR, 1321 RBIs, 567 2Bs, 2825 hits
BILLY WAGNER, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves: 422 saves, 2.31 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, .187 BAA
TREVOR HOFFMAN, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers: 601 saves, 2.87 ERA, 1.06 WHIP
JAMIE MOYER, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies: 267 wins, 2405 Ks
RANDY JOHNSON, Montreal Expos, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants: 303 wins, 3.29 ERA, 1,17 WHIP. 4, 875 Ks
CURT SCHILLING, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox: 216 wins, 3.46 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 3,116 Ks