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Joe Morgan in letter to Hall of Fame voters: ‘Steroid users don’t belong here’

Joe Morgan has sent a letter via email to eligible Hall of Fame voters pleading with them to not elect “steroid users” for induction into Cooperstown, writing players tainted by performance-enhancing drug accusations “don’t belong here.”

Morgan, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990, passionately railed against the specter of steroid users tarnishing Cooperstown’s legacy in the letter. C. Trent Rosecrans, Cincinnati Reds beat writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer, published the letter in its entirety. A copy of the letter, via DNA Sports Talk, follows.

An except of Morgan’s letter:

I think the Hall of Fame is special. There is a sanctity to being elected to the Hall. It is revered. It is the hardest Hall of Fame to enter, of any sport in America.

But times change, and a day we all knew was coming has now arrived. Players who played during the steroid era have become eligible for entry into the Hall of Fame.

The more we Hall of Famers talk about this – and we talk about it a lot – we realize we can no longer sit silent. 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.

Players who failed drug tests, admitted using steroids, or were identified as users in Major League Baseball’s investigation into steroid abuse, known as the Mitchell Report, should not get in. Those are the three criteria that many of the players and I think are right.

Morgan may well in fact speak for many of his fellow Hall of Fame enshrinees and their collective opinion likely carries some weight with BBWAA voters. That said, it will be up to those voters to determine whether or not players from the Steroid Era eligible for enshrinement ultimately make it in.