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Frank Thomas ‘Not Happy’ PED Users Getting Into Hall of Fame: ‘You Know You Cheated’
As the years go by and more and more suspected PED users get elected into the baseball hall of fame, Hall of Famer Frank Thomas believes that everyone from Roger Clemens to Barry Bonds should be let in if that’s the case.
During the Chicago White Sox’s annual fan convention, the ‘Big Hurt’ spoke out against players using PEDs as he’s done for years. And he really let loose.
“They should be in now, as far as I’m concerned,” Thomas said. “They’ve let a few people in already we all know. It’s uncomfortable at this point. I’m sure this year’s going to be uncomfortable because we’ve got two great players going in, but they know. It’s no secret. If they didn’t do it, they would be stomping and kicking and in interviews saying, ‘I didn’t do it.’”
Bonds and Clemens’ careers were tainted with allegations of steroid use and were eventually passed over for the 5th straight year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to be elected into the Hall of Fame.
Despite allegations of PED use, Ivan Rodriguez, Jeff Bagwell, and Tim Raines were all let in.
“Jose Canseco wrote in a 2005 book that he showed Rodriguez how to inject steroids. Bagwell has faced speculation that he used PEDs mainly because he went from hitting six home runs in two minor league seasons to 449 with the Houston Astros from 1991 to 2005.
Raines used cocaine. But while Thomas was thrilled to see him get elected, he doesn’t really think players who used performance-enhancing drugs belong.
“Not happy at all,” Thomas said to a round of applause from fans. “Some of these guys were great players, but they wouldn’t have been great players without drugs. … I don’t mind these guys doing what they want to do for their families and make their money. But don’t come calling to the Hall of Fame and say, ‘I’m supposed to be in the Hall of Fame,’ when you know you cheated.”
He said if those players are going to get in, then Bonds, Clemens and Sammy Sosa should be enshrined, too — in a wing devoted to PED use. Otherwise, he said, keep them all out.
“Trust me, there’s a lot of internal talk going on,” he said. “A lot of guys that I respect that are real, true Hall of Famers, all they have is their legacy. They didn’t make this kind of money. … They’re not happy about this at all.”
“There are some days that you just don’t have energy to do anything,” Thomas said. “It’s seven days a week. It’s a grind. You’re flying all times of the night. We didn’t have the restrictions they got now. We used to get into cities at 5:30, 6 in the morning, we’d have a day game. When I first came up — they kind of cleaned up as I got older in the league — it was rough travel. It gave you a lot more energy.”