It is a shame that a whole generation of players are deemed cheaters, because most of the famous ones were really good ballplayers already. Ramirez, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and the list goes on, but all of those guys would still be stars without having to resort to steroids, which is a shame.
In Ramirez’s case, he had two suspensions at the end of his career. The nature of the drugs will also be up for debate, but it was clear what the intended purpose was. Some may say he didn’t use them throughout his entire career, while some will argue one positive test is enough to tarnish a legacy.
But all that matters is what the voters think, and based on history, Ramirez will not get voted in next year. He should still receive a solid percentage of the votes from those who may think his entire career isn’t tarnished, but the negative stigma of a positive PED test is enough to keep Ramirez out of Cooperstown next summer.
Once again, steroids suck.