I think some of the arguments against it frankly are silly. People will say, ‘Ty Cobb spiked someone and was not a nice man, and he’s in the Hall of Fame.’ Standards evolved. We’re Basketball Jerseys Custom right in the middle now of a major revision of social standards in our own country that we read about every day.”
“I think each person has to make his own judgment based on his own standards. Every day in this country, juries deal with the individual liberty of citizens based on their code of what a reasonable man would do in these circumstances. It does impose upon your judgment. It does require you to search your conscience and ask what your values are. There isn’t a cookie cutter way to do it.”
As the Hall prepares to welcome Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and the rest of its 2018 class Wednesday, ESPN.com spoke with Mitchell about the long-term impact of his report, the challenges baseball faces in trying to stamp out performance-enhancing drugs and the debate that continues to rage among voters on all sides of the issue.
George Mitchell: “I don’t have any comment on that. I’ll just say we stand by every word of our report. We think it is a relevant subject. I think [steroid use] should be a factor in the voting. It’s up to each person voting. I’m not saying the three criteria set out by Joe Morgan are the only ones that should be used. That’s his personal judgment. I have great admiration and respect for him, but each voter must decide on his or her own. I think our report has stood the test of time.
“The most important thing in my judgment is that baseball — the owners, commissioner and players — have taken it seriously. When we did our investigation, the Players Association was adamantly opposed and actively discouraged players from cooperating, and most of them didn’t cooperate. I made the argument to the players that there were a minority who were cheating, and the principal Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal victims were the majority who did not cheat.