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Steroids shouldn't preclude the HOF

Manny should be Manny -- in Cooperstown, right where he belongs

Updated: May 27, 2009, 10:45 AM ET
By Zev Chafets | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the June 1st issue of ESPN The Magazine.

When Manny Ramirez got caught using a banned substance, baseball purists insisted that he had disqualified himself from Hall of Fame consideration. The logic is simple: The Hall's Rule 5 says election should be based on one's "record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played." Since Manny fails the integrity clause, he must be punished -- ...

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