Willie McCovey a former star and now legend of the San Francisco Giants said that a letter sent out by Joe Morgan a fellow member of the Hall of Fame imploring that the players who used performance-enhancing drugs should be kept out of the Hall of Fame was aimed at former Giants great Barry Bonds.
He called anyone who did not think that it was a shot at Barry Bonds naïve.
In his letter sent out in November to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America voting members, Morgan, who is the vice chairman of the Hall and a board of directors members, wrote that steroid user do not belong there.
The letter said that we hope there never comes a day when known users of steroids are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. No former players had their names mentioned in Morgan’s letter.
Bonds, who played 22 seasons, began his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates before moving over to the Giants. He was a National League MVP seven times and ended his career with 775 home runs the most ever in baseball. In 2001, he set a single season home run mark with 73 homers, which still stands.
McCovey calls it a sin that Bonds is not in the Hall and said if any player deserved to be there, it is Barry.
Names, like Bonds, Gary Sheffield and Roger Clemens, are on the ballot of 33 released November 21, appeared in the 2007 Mitchell report that investigated the use of steroids in MLB. Manny Ramirez, an All-Star 12 times and a member of the 500-home run club in baseball, retired in 2011 after two failed drug tests over a period of just three years.
The letter written by Morgan will not help Barry, said McCovey but he added he was glad that several writers said the letter would not influence their vote.
As for performance-enhancing drugs, the former Giants great said guys took things since baseball began. It was likely not steroids, but players took things such as greenies and stuff so they would be able to play the following day.
Bonds ended with 53.8% of the vote for the class of 2017, which was up almost 10% from his 44.3% for 2016. Players must receive 75% of the vote for enshrinement into Cooperstown.