Having just been voted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday — along with pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine — former Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas took the time to address the power hitters of his era suspected of using steroids.
Thomas was blunt:
I’ve got to take the right stance too. No, they shouldn’t get in. There shouldn’t be cheating allowed to get into the Hall of Fame.
As to what they did, I don’t think any of us will ever really know. But I can tell you what I did was real, and that’s why I have a smile on my face right now, because the writers definitely got it right (USA Today Sports).
Thomas hit 521 home runs and drove in 1,704 runs during his career, numbers eclipsed by like likes of Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, and Mark McGwire. (McGwire and Sosa both hit more home runs than Thomas. Bonds and Palmeiro both hit more home runs than Thomas and drove in more runs.)
Tired of hearing debates about cheating, PEDs, and who “deserves” to be in the Hall of Fame? Too bad. The Hall of Fame election cycle will begin anew in about 11 months.
[Source: USA Today Sports]