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January 3, 2013

Keep cheaters out of the Hall

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All of them made many millions of dollars playing the game. In one sense, the cheaters already prospered.

The voters should not keep allowing the proven cheaters to thrive. Being elected into the Hall of Fame is considered to be baseball’s highest individual honor and the exclusive club should be kept clean.

As for the suspected cheaters, that may be a little harder to filter. Many writers suspect that former Met and Dodger Mike Piazza — on the ballot for the first time this year — used steroids. It will be interesting to see how he fares in the voting, in which a player needs 75 percent of the ballots for induction. It is kind of hard to endorse keeping suspected cheaters out when we should believe “innocent until proven guilty.” But then again, we do think the voters should use a little common sense when making their decisions

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