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Former Cubs pitcher and Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins suggested there may be at least one player already in Cooperstown who has used steroids. During an interview on MLB Network Wednesday, Jenkins said he was quite surprised that no one was elected into the HOF. The controversy over which players did or didn’t use performance enhancing drugs created difficult decisions for the BBWAA voters.
“I’ve heard rumors about four years ago that someone who has been in the Hall of Fame now for a couple years was in that particular situation,” Jenkins said. “There haven’t been any names put to the rumors. I’m not going to be the one who spreads it around but it’s rumors that you hear.”
Bob Costas of MLB Network tried to clarify Jenkins’ statement.
“There have been some rumors,” Jenkins said. “No names involved, just some rumors. He played in the ’80s and ’90s and now is in the Hall of Fame, but that’s just a rumor.”
If someone who did knowingly take PEDs was elected to the Hall, would Jenkins attend the induction ceremony?
“I’d have to think long and hard about it,” he said. “There have been a few players who have voiced their opinions, and it’s been publicized. I think they’d be embarrassed to show because they played the game honest and now they have someone in the game who possibly cheated.”
— Carrie Muskat