I was not, in fact, overly fascinated by the home run record chase of 1998. In fact, I was a little disappointed in MLB for clearly promoting what was a very solo achievement in a team sport by two charismatic players (one of whom admitted to using performance enhancing drugs, even though they may not have been against the rules in baseball at the time, and the other who pretended to not speak english well enough to answer questions about performance enhancing drugs but was using an illegally corked bat anyway).
Was Mark McGwire a good baseball player? Absolutely! Did he help his teams to some achievement? Yes. Was he a great power hitter? Undeniably great. Was he a well rounded player? No. Did he use performance enhancing drugs? Clearly. Does he have the statistics to match/surpass those already in the HOF? in a shockingly small number of categories he does, but in a surprisingly large number of areas, his numbers fall way short. Does he belong in the HOF? In my opinion, no. Fortunately for all the Mark McGwire lovers out there, not everyone agrees with me. 128 of the people who matter when it comes to the HOF disagree with me. Unfortunately for the Mark McGwire lovers out there, the overwhelming majority of those who do matter don't even get a chance to think about his performance enhancing drug use before they realize that while he was a great power hitter, he really didn't have the numbers anywhere else to qualify for the HOF.
It is refreshing, Travis, that you argue about his HOF candidacy based on what he did on the field and leave the controversy about drugs out of it.
For the reast of you, with your heads stuck in the sand, the steroid controversy is not the only reason Mark McGwire was not elected to the HOF again. Look at the numbers...
Okay, I can understand most big fans of the guy won't be able to look at the numbers objectively. While I won't say I am a big fan of Big Mac (he stole my nickname), he was always interesting to watch (notably, this is not a qualification for HOF candidacy) as he was a pure hitter. He usually provided the fan with one of the three most pure outcomes of an at bat -- a walk, a strikeout, or a home run.
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