Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage wants all home-run records set by suspected steroid users erased from the record books and wants to keep those players from getting enshrined in the Hall.
Barry Bonds holds the single-season and career home run marks (762). Roger Maris’ 61 home runs in 1961 is still the seventh-highest total in history. Hank Aaron's 755 career home run mark stood for three decades before being broken by Bonds.
“Two of the greatest records were manipulated by steroids, and I think the [pre-steroid era] records need to be reinstated,” Gossage told the New York Post. “If Bud Selig wants a legacy, he ought to reinstate those records and recognize the damage these guys did to the game."
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The six home run marks ahead of Maris (Bonds, 73, 2001; Mark McGwire, 70, 1998; Sammy Sosa, 66, 1998; McGwire, 65, 1999; Sosa, 64, 2001; Sosa, 63, 1999) were set by players long suspected of using performance enhancing drugs. McGwire admitted to using PEDs in 2010.
“If you really want to make a statement, reinstate the records that McGwire and Bonds broke," Gossage said. "That would take some guts and I would back the commissioner 100 percent.”
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