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McGriff Elected to Taylor Hooton Foundation Board of Directors @alysonfooter
Aug. 8th, 2018
About a year ago, Donald Hooton Jr. made a mental checklist — a wish list, really — of former Major League Baseball players he might want to join the Taylor Hooton Foundation’s board of directors.

On the list was Fred McGriff, a five-time All-Star, a two-time home run champion and a major contributor to the mid-1990s Braves team that created a division-winning dynasty and, in 1995, won the World Series.

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Joe Morgan pens letter to all Hall of Fame voters: Steroid users don’t belong

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The Baseball Hall of Fame never has issued a clear statement about how voters should handle the steroids issue, until now.

Hall of Fame second baseman and Hall vice chairman Joe Morgan sent an impassioned emailed letter through the Hall to every eligible voter from the Baseball Writers Association of America on Tuesday, the day after the 2018 ballot was released, imploring them that “steroid users don’t belong” in Cooperstown.… Continue Reading...

Cutting time on Hall of Fame ballot will make it tougher for cheaters


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — It came and went without much commotion Saturday, maybe because it looked more like bureaucratic bookkeeping than anything else.

But when the Hall of Fame announced the time former players can spend on its ballot was being reduced from 15 years to 10, it meant the drug cheaters had lost again.… Continue Reading...

New Hall of Fame rules hurt steroid users’ odds

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made Saturday.

The Hall of Fame’s board cut a player’s eligibility from 15 years to 10, which gives McGwire a maximum of two more appearances on the writers ballot.… Continue Reading...

Tony La Russa says that steroid cheats should be let in Baseball Hall of Fame — with asterisks

Is this the best message to be sending to our kids?  Really, is this the best we can do?

Tony La Russa, on verge of entering the Hall of Fame himself on Sunday, believes  baseball’s steroid ‘poster boys,’ including Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, should join him in Cooperstown — with an asterisk — a stance that might earn the former Cardinals manager some needling.

Maybe the juicers can have their very own wing in Cooperstown.

On the eve of Tony La Russa’s induction into baseball’s Hall of Fame, the legendary manager says he hopes to someday be joined there by the “poster boys” of the Steroid Era — including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire.… Continue Reading...

Frank Thomas had the ‘biggest voice against steroids’

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – We used to have these talks, Frank and I, inside the Chicago White Sox clubhouse.

The subject was taboo back in the days, but Frank Thomas was never one to keep his peace.

He was among the first players to speak publicly about baseball’s darkest, deepest secret: Steroids.… Continue Reading...

Ripken, Niekro urge youth to become role models – to stay away from PEDs

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Cal Ripken Jr. made a 45-minute drive east across two-lane country roads to Cobleskill-Richmondville High School on Friday for a talk with kids from seven area schools gathered in a jam-packed 720-seat auditorium.

The topic was the four points of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s BASE (Be a Superior Example) program: fitness, nutrition, character and fair play.… Continue Reading...

Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes Maddux, Glavine and Thomas but not steroids-tainted stars

Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes Maddux, Glavine and Thomas but not steroids-tainted stars

From left are Tom Glavine in 2008, Greg Maddux in 2008, and Frank Thomas in 1994 file photos. Glavine, Maddux and Thomas were selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A new generation of starting pitchers and a self-proclaimed Mr. Clean of the Steroids Era will be ushered into baseball’s Hall of Fame this summer.… Continue Reading...

Ryne Sandberg Says Tainted Numbers Don’t Belong in Hall of Fame

If it were up to Ryne Sandberg, many players from his era will never make the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Sandberg, who is currently the third base coach for the Philadelphia Phillies, told Barry M. Bloom of that “tainted numbers don’t belong in the Hall.” He said that the way sportswriters voted this year for the Hall of Fame spoke “loud and clear” that illegal drugs should not be part of baseball.… Continue Reading...

THF to announce results of National Survey This Week

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Anti-steroid crusader Don Hooton to unveil results of study on steroid abuse among teenagers

Hooton will be in New York on Thursday to unveil the results of a national survey funded by the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society and his foundation on steroid use among young people.

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