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Ken Sims, Published January 14 2010

Do the right thing for Roger Maris

Mark McGwire finally admitted to using steroids to enhance his physical strength. I commend him for doing the right thing. He admitted using a human growth hormone drug in 1998, the year he broke Roger Maris’ single-season home run record. He was the first of three players to surpass 61 home runs in a single year. The other two, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa, have been linked to steroid use.

I know there’s more to hitting a homer than pure strength. Vision, coordination and timing are needed to hit a baseball a long way. I wonder how many of those “homers” would have been routine fly balls? One thing is certain: The record was broken by cheating. If Maris were alive today, he would probably just smile. He was a class act.

Maris’ home run record alone should be enough to get him inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s an incredible feat that still stands – 48 years and counting. Next year, the Veterans Committee needs to recognize and honor Maris for holding one of baseball’s all- time greatest records. It’s the Veterans Committee’s turn to do the right thing.