Friday July 25th, 2014

Former MLB manager Tony La Russa said players linked to using performance enhancing drugs and are Hall of Fame worthy should be allowed in, but with an asterisk next to their names. 

La Russa will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend along with fellow managers Joe Torre and Bobby Cox and former players Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas.

"Treat them all the same," La Russa said, via"If you were a Hall of Famer during that period as far as your pitching and playing, I would create some kind of asterisk, where everybody understands that, 'Look, we have some questions, but you were still the dominant pitchers and players of your time."

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La Russa said that players who have been linked to PED use like Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire should get consideration for the Hall, even though none of them are close to receiving enough votes for entry. 

"We have to acknowledge that that period for about 10 or 12 years, somewhere around the early '90s to the early 2000s, was a black spot, a negative mark in our history," he said.

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