Major league baseball is still surrounded by steroids with Manny Ramirez’s recent retiring. I thought we should look at current and former players that are or will be in the hall of fame and the hall of shame. The hall of fame list includes both current and former players that have admitted to using steroids that should, based on numbers, be in the hall of fame while the hall of fame list includes current and former players that will be inducted asap.
Hall of Shame:
C- Mike Piazza
A 12-time All-Star, Piazza is often regarded as the best-hitting catcher of all time and holds the record for home runs hit by a catcher with 396, with a career total of 427. While rumors swirl about his alleged use, he has never admitted publicly but has supposedly admitted it to one un-named source.
1B- Mark McGwire
Won the rookie of the year in 1987 and in 1998 McGwire broke the single season home run record and hit 70 home runs that year. He finished his career with 583 home runs.
2B- Brian Roberts
No he isn’t a hall of famer but no second baseman that has been accused is. He does have over 1,000 hits and 250 SBs.
SS- Miguel Tejada
He is a six-time All Star, won the 2002 AL MVP and has over 300 career HRs. He has yet to admit to using steroids but did admit to buying them. He has also admitted to lying about his age when he signed with the Oakland A’s. He said he was 17 when in actuality he was 19.
3B- Alex Rodriguez
He could have and would have gone down as one of the greatest players in history. Now he will go down as one of the biggest disappointments. He has over 600 HRs in his career but who knows how many he hit with a bit of help. He admitted in 2009 to using steroids while a part of the Rangers.
RF- Jose Canseco
The king of steroid use has to be Jose. He has admitted adamantly to using steroids and written numerous books pointing out other players who he knows used as well. He finished with 462 HRs and was the first member of the 40-40 club.
CF- Barry Bonds
He played CF early on in his career so I put him here. He is the all time “king” of homers. He finished off with 762 HRs, 2,935 hits and 514 SBs. He is also a 7x NL MVP. He also may soon be a member of the state penitentiary.
LF- Manny Ramirez
Manny is the man who retired rather then be suspended for 100 games. Manny being Manny will always be remembered as one of the most charismatic players in history. He also wasn’t to bad of a hitter. He finished off his career with 555 HRs, 2,574 hits and a .312 batting average.
SP- Roger Clemens
Clemens won seven Cy Young Awards, more than any other pitcher. He played for 4 different teams over his 23 year playing career. In each of his two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, Clemens won the pitching triple crown (leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts) and a Cy Young Award. He finished off his career with 354 wins and 4,672 strikeouts. He is one of only 4 players to ever strikeout 4,000 people.
RP- John Rocker
The man that is most notably known for being insane in every sense of the word has also admitted to taking steroids but only for medical reasons. He finished off his career with 88 saves, 332 Ks and an entire country of people who hated him.
Hall of Fame:
C- Ivan Rodriguez
He is a 14-time all-star, 13-time gold glove winner, and 7-time silver slugger winner has hit over .300 ten times in his career and ranks #1 all-time by catchers in runs, hits, doubles and total bases. He won the AL MVP in 1999 and is arguably the best defensive catcher in the history of baseball.
I think you already know this one.
2B- Craig Biggio
1 of only 27 members of the 3,000 hit club. Played all 20 seasons for the Houston Astros and is only the 9th member of the 3,000 hit club to have all of his hits come on one team. Biggio finished his career with 3,060 career hits, 668 doubles, 291 home runs, 1175 RBI, 414 stolen bases, and a .281 batting average.
SS- Derek Jeter
The Yankee captain since 2003, he is soon to be the 28th member of the 3,000 hit club and will go down as one of the greatest shortstops in history. He is a 5x gold glove winner, 5x World Series champion, and won the Rookie of the Year award in 1996. In 2000, Jeter became the only player in history to win both the All-Star Game MVP Award and the World Series MVP Award in the same year.
3B- Chipper Jones
He is the only switch hitter in Major League Baseball history to have a .300+ career batting average and 400 or more home runs. Jones is a .306 hitter with 2,501 hits, 436 home runs, 1,406 walks, and 1,497 RBI in 2,271 games. He is behind only Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray on the all-time switch hitters career home run list.
RF- Ichiro Suzuki
The man does everything right. He has over 2,200 hits, 380 stolen bases, .330 batting average and a .990 FPCT. In 2001 he won the American League Most Valuable Player and the Rookie of the Year awards, becoming only the second player in MLB history to receive both honors in the same season.
CF- Ken Griffey Jr.
The kid is a first ballot hall of famer. He could have gone down as the best player ever but injuries plagued his career. He still managed to finish with 630 Hrs and 2,781 hits. He is a member of the all-century team.
LF- Ryan Braun
While Ryan is still very young he has been a force to be reckoned with since his rookie year in ’07. He already has over 130 HRs, 720 hits and 420 rbis. He is well on his way to being one of the greats.
SP- Roy Halladay
He is on his way to being one of the most dominant starters in the history of the game. Last season he threw a no-hitter and a perfect game. The no-hitter was in the playoffs against the Reds and was only the second no-hitter in playoff history. In his career he has 59 complete games and 19 shutouts. He is sure to have another stellar season this year as well.
RP- Mariano Rivera
Mo is an 11-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, Rivera has accumulated 563 saves, the second-most in MLB history, and has won the American League Rolaids Relief Man Award five times. Rivera will also be the last MLB player to wear the uniform number 42 on a regular basis, as he is the only active player still wearing the number after its retirement in 1997 in honor of Jackie Robinson.