Roger is in. Nomar is in. Now what about Manny?
The Red Sox inducted three icons into the club’s Hall of Fame on Thursday: Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, and Nomar Garciaparra.
Clemens won 354 games to go along with seven Cy Young awards. But performance-enhancing drug accusations have haunted his retirement ever since his name appeared in the Mitchell Report in 2007. Clemens would be found “not guilty” on six counts of lying to Congress about the PED issue in 2012, but many remain skeptical that The Rocket pitched clean while racking up pitching records and Cy Young honors after leaving Boston in 1996.
Garciaparra’s name didn’t come up in the Mitchell Report and he never was asked to testify before Congress. But Nomar was rumored to have taken steroids, mostly based on one flexing pose for a photo that landed on the cover of in Sports Illustrated in 2009.
Ramirez played 19 seasons in MLB, eight of them with the Red Sox which includes contributing heavily to two World Series titles. He is a lifetime .312 hitter with 555 home runs in 2,302 games. But his rap sheet includes two PED suspensions, and allegations of a third positive test.
So should Manny be forgiven for all his transgressions, especially now that he’s a brand new man?
“The Bible says that when you come to Christ you a new man,” Ramirez said when he returned to Fenway for 2004 championship honors in May. “He takes your sins and he throws them in the sea, and he’s going to clean you like the snow. I don’t worry about the past because I know Jesus lives in me.”
This morning on WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan” show, Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino was asked if Manny should be in the Red Sox Hall.
“I don’t know,” Lucchino said. “I think he was an extraordinary player when he was here, and I think he certainly should be a candidate. That’s all I’ll say.”
So what do you think? Should Manny be admitted into the Red Sox HoF or has he done too much damage to the franchise and the game? Weigh in here: