- Marcus Hartman
Cincinnati Reds great Joe Morgan is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
He does not want to be joined in Cooperstown by anyone strongly associated with performance-enhancing drugs.
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The two-time National League MVP second baseman made that clear in a letter sent from the hall of fame to members of the Baseball Writers Association of America who vote on induction.
“The more we Hall of Famers talk about this – and we talk about it a lot – we realize we can no longer sit silent,” wrote Morgan, who noted he does not speak for all members but a significant number of them. “Many of us have come to think that silence will be considered complicity. Or that fans might think we are ok if the standards of election to the Hall of Fame are relaxed, at least relaxed enough for steroid users to enter and become members of the most sacred place in Baseball. We don’t want fans ever to think that.
“We hope the day never comes when known steroid users are voted into the Hall of Fame. They cheated. Steroid users don’t belong here.”
He went on to define steroid users as, players who failed drug tests, admitted using steroids, or were identified as users in the Mitchell Report that resulted from an investigation funded by MLB.
Here is a full copy of the letter: