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 them from getting enshrined in the Hall.
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."
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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