Nick: I’m not going to get into statistical analysis with Mark McGwire.
It’s likely I will be criticized as a homer, dismissed as a PED-apologist, or whatever other disparaging remarks can come along with supporting a guy like McGwire…
…but he has my vote.
Look, if this discussion was independent of McGwire’s rumored steroid use, there would be no question. He would be in.
How will you vote when Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, et al are eligible? There is still really no right answer when asking just how engulfed the game was with performance-enhancing influence. It seems safe to say “plenty”.
If McGwire was using while hitting his home runs off of a pitcher that was using – what’s the difference?
I hate to be so apathetic about something that has brought shame and scandal to the game I love, but it’s either all or none. McGwire gets my vote – and I’d vote for Pete Rose if I could.
Josh: I was a Big Mac fan independent of everything that happened in St. Louis. To me he makes it for the same reason Cal did — getting the game back where it belonged following the strike but wow, the Bash Brothers were fun to watch too. It is hard not to argue with people anytime McGwire is brought up, as the naysayers only want to use the congress appearance and the s-word against him.
Sign me up as well for voting everytime out for Mark, and I’m very interested for his re-introduction interviews in the near future as the Cards’ hitting coach. Will it put him over the top with all the rest of the voters out there? That is what makes baseball the best sport in my opinion.
McGwire has the support of PH8 for Hall of Fame induction. We could debate about this one all day, right? Convince us otherwise. Comments are open.