The 11 Players Whose Hall of Fame Inductions Have Been Sabotaged by Steroid Allegations and Admissions

The Hall of Fame is home to many of the greatest players in baseball history.

Key word: Many. Not all of them.

Some of the best players to ever play are not—and likely never will ever be—enshrined in Cooperstown. The all-time hit king is not there. Nor is the all-time home run king. The guy with the most Cy Young awards? He isn’t there either.

Gambling used to be the mortal sin that kept otherwise legendary players out of the Hall. It’s why Shoeless Joe Jackson and Pete Rose aren’t in there. But today, performance enhancing drugs are the leading culprit keeping otherwise worthy players away from induction. On the day when Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza—himself no stranger to PED allegations—officially become members of the Hall of Fame, here are The 11 Players Whose Hall of Fame Inductions Have Been Sabotaged by Steroid Allegations and Admissions.

Barry Bonds

Bonds is statistically the greatest hitter to ever play the game. Had his career ended in 1999, back when he was skinny Barry Bonds, he still had Hall of Fame stats: 445 home runs, 460 steals and 1,455 runs scored.

But Skinny Barry Bonds became Big Barry Bonds, and the stats Big Barry put up were downright absurd. From 2001-04, Bonds put up a .349 average, a .559(!) on-base percentage, and averaged 52 home runs and 110 RBI.

Bonds will likely never see Cooperstown due to his alleged steroid use, but Bonds’ stats will stand triumphantly in the record books—albeit with an asterisk despite the fact some may never be surpassed.

Mark McGwire

“Big Mac’s” chase for the single-season home run record in 1998 bought baseball positive publicity in the aftermath of the 1994 players’ strike. His 62nd home run was one of the most celebrated in history.

That home run is remembered with far less fan fair in 2016. McGwire famously declined to say whether he used PED’s to congress in 2005, then later admitted to taking them. He never received much Hall consideration, and is no longer on the ballot due to 10-year limits.

By the way, McGwire’s cameo on “The Simpsons” pretty much sums up baseball in the 90’s.

Sammy Sosa

Through 1997, there had been two 60-homer-seasons in baseball history. From 1998-2001, Sammy Sosa had three. Sosa had more home runs during that four-year stretch than Mets third baseman David Wright has hit in his entire career. His 608 home runs rank eighth all-time.

But Sosa was also amongst the players who reportedly tested positivefor PED’s in 2003. Aside from steroids, he was caught cheating red-handed when he used a corked bat in 2003. These factors give him a slim-to-none chance of Cooperstown.

Manny Ramirez


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