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Wade Boggs Comments on Steroids Cheats and the Hall of Fame

I’ve been waiting a long time to hear a player speak out about steroids the way Hall of Famer Wade Boggs did. For all the people who say “everyone was doing it” or “I would have done it too,” we have Boggs to bring some passionate honesty to the matter. Check out what the lifetime .328 hitter said to NESN’s Dirty Water TV:

“Unless Cooperstown is going to … add a lot of bricks, to add another wing for this whole era, I don’t see it going forward.” That’s what I’ve been saying — the only response is to create a steroids-era wing to induct these players. They belong in Cooperstown but not in the Hall of Fame as long as the criteria includes “integrity, sportsmanship, character.” Now we’re finally getting somewhere! As far as his comments that the owners are the ones getting screwed, yeah they are when they sign a guy like Andruw Jones for $36 million and he hits a buck 50, but when guys like Barry Bonds set home run records, it’s all worthwhile.

P.S. If you’re wondering where LBS has been the past few days, we [read: I] have been out with a nasty fever feeling like I went five rounds with Hong Man Choi. Thanks for patiently sticking with the site.


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  • http://www.waltsense.com Waltsense

    I agree with good ol Wade….but what era is actually pure. Schmiddty admitted to taking “greenies” and every generation cheated from cut balls to cocaine…steroids may take the cake but its just to much to blanket everyone and simply assume everyone. If they wind up busted or in the Mitchell report – slap an asterisk on the plague mentioning it…or something…

  • Gene

    I agree with Wade and LB. The cheating is bad enough, but the lying and denials add fuel to the fire. Many of the owners looked the other way because high scoring games and home run records meant higher attendance, so I don’t have that much sympathy for them.

    I hope that at some point, Donald Fehr and Gene Orza acknowledge that they made a monumental mistake in avoiding and minimizing drug testing all those years in the course of their labor negotiations.

  • SpinMax

    Right on! I’m tired of turning on ESPN to see their analysts, Peter Gammons for example, all say that they have or will vote for these guys despite illegal drug use. It’s good to hear someone that involved in the game speak up.

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