During his playing days former Reds and Phillies second baseman Joe Morgan was known as “little Joe” because he probably never went near any PED’s while still putting up Hall Of Fame numbers.
Which is also why the little man has a big problem with players that use them and just sent a letter via email to eligible Hall of Fame voters pleading with them to not elect “steroid users” for induction into Cooperstown.
Morgan even went so far as to say players tainted by performance-enhancing drug accusations “don’t belong here.”
Morgan opens his letter saying:
“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.”
Then says later:
“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.”
Morgan may 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.
Still, you gotta love that little Joe still has such a big passion for the game.