In all their cleverness, the Baseball Writers Association of America attempted an end run around the steroid era last week when it announced the timeframe of eligibility on the Hall of Fame ballot would be shortened from 15 years to 10. But in its infinite stupidity, the BBWAA actually left the flank to its moral high ground exposed by inducting manager Tony La Russa into the Hall on the very same weekend.
If not for the success created by the juiced-up monsters anchoring his lineup in Oakland, La Russa would not have earned the credentials needed for Hall of Fame induction. And you cannot pretend the exploits of Mark McGwire are somehow invalid when it comes to McGwire’s own candidacy, but can count when it comes to La Russa reaching Cooperstown. It becomes intellectually dishonest to argue otherwise, which is frankly no worse than the dishonesty shown by steroid users and those who enabled them in the 1980s-2000s.