David Ortiz just had the best World Series since 1900, and is the first non-Yankee to win his 3rd World Series title with one team since Jim Palmer with the Orioles in 1983.
Ortiz has been the best player on the Red Sox since 2004, and is without a doubt the unquestioned leader of the team.
None of that was more evident when during the Red Sox first game after the Boston Marathon bombings, Ortiz gave one of the most memorable speeches ever prior to the game.
However, despite all of that, David Ortiz cannot go to the Hall of Fame because he tested positive for steroids in 2003. His name was on the same list as Alex Rodriguez, the same list that was supposed to remain anonymous, but was made public.
Ortiz has never admitted to taking PEDs, and has adamantly denied ever doing it. Arguably the greatest pitcher ever Roger Clemens, and the greatest home-run hitter ever Barry Bonds are both not in the Hall of Fame because of their ties to steroids.
Unless something dramatic changes start happening in the voting process, there’s no reason why Ortiz should get into Cooperstown.
Yes he’s a great guy, and everyone loves him, but voters can’t make an exception for one player, and continue to keep the other players who are involved with steroids out of the Hall of Fame.
Mike Piazza, one of the best hitting catchers ever, likely isn’t ever going to sniff the Hall of Fame just based on the mere suspicion that he took steroids. Piazza has hit more home-runs from the catcher position that any other player ever.
He never failed a test, was never on any list, and there hasn’t been a shred of evidence of him ever taking steroids.
But David Ortiz was on a list, whether he denies it or not, and Major League Baseball can’t allow him to enter the Hall of Fame under any circumstance.
Because if Ortiz gets in, then everyone in the steroid era should get in. That includes Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmiero, Curt Schilling, Manny Ramirez, and Andy Pettitte to name a few.
Otherwise the integrity of the Hall of Fame will be forever ruined.