Rollie Fingers says restore Maris HR record

Hall of Fame reliever tries to set the single season home run record straight, Roger Maris is the legitimate record holder. 

Thanks to Rollie for sharing his perspectives on how and why it’s important to remove the records set by ballplayers that used illegal performance enhancing drugs.  Hopefully his comments can help restore Rogers record as well as some much needed integrity back to Major League Baseball.

You can join an online group formed to help restore Rogers record now over 5,750 strong and invite others here: Give MLB Home Run record back to ROGER MARIS

Here’s the Forum article:

Published February 02 2010
Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers says take away records of steroid users
Hall of Fame relief pitcher Rollie Fingers has his theory on how to deal with professional baseball players who have admitted to using steroids.
By: Eric Peterson, INFORUM

Major League Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers, left, chats with Dick Jonckowski before the start of the fifth annual Red River Diamond Classic Baseball Banquet on Monday at the Fargo Holiday Inn.
Hall of Fame relief pitcher Rollie Fingers has his theory on how to deal with professional baseball players who have admitted to using steroids.

“What I think is if a guy is going to admit to using steroids, take the years that he was using steroids and just wipe the slate that year,” Fingers said. “Every home run he hit, every strikeout he had, every double play he hit into, every RBI, just wipe the slate clean.”

Fingers was in Fargo on Monday for Fargo Post 2’s Red River Diamond Classic Baseball Banquet.

The right-hander – with the signature flared moustache – amassed 341 saves in 17 seasons in the major leagues playing for the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers.

Mark McGwire’s recent admission that he used steroids was one of the topics Fingers was asked about Monday at a news conference. McGwire – the former St. Louis Cardinals and Oakland A’s slugger – broke Roger Maris’ longstanding single-season home run record in 1998.

McGwire hit 70 home runs in 1998 and that mark was broke in 2001 when San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs. Bonds has been linked to performance-enhancing drugs, but has denied allegations.

“As far as I’m concerned, Roger Maris’ 61 home runs in 1961 is still the record,” said Fingers, which were also his finals words to the filled banquet hall. “He did it strictly on his ability.”

While Fingers was happy to see McGwire confess, he didn’t think McGwire came completely clean.

“One thing I didn’t buy is it didn’t make any difference whether he was on the steroids, he was still going to hit 70 home runs … and I don’t buy that,” Fingers said. “He said he did it to begin with to heal an injury. If you to heal an injury, why did you stay on it when your injury was done? You stayed on it. Why? Because he was hitting home runs.

“I think he got addicted to steroids and the expectations of the fans and what he was supposed to do. That’s why he kept taking them.”

Former Post 2 pitcher Mike McNair (1960-63), who was inducted into the Post 2 Hall of Fame on Monday night, said the recent steroids admissions only amplify what Maris achieved.

Outfielder Kent Jacobson (1967-69), outfielder Dave Glass (1985-87) and the 1992 Post 2 World Series team were also honored. In the induction speeches, there were multiple references to Maris’ 61 home runs being to “true” single-season home run mark.

“Of course McGwire’s confession, so to speak, throws light back on Roger’s accomplishment,” McNair said. “The man still has the American League home run record, but no one seems to remember that.”

Maris played for Post 2 from 1950-51 and was inducted into the Post 2 Hall of Fame in 2006. Maris supporters believe Maris should also be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame for his professional accomplishments.

“That’s kind of hard. If you get into the Hall of Fame, it is usually the accumulation of a whole career. Roger had some great years in New York … and he had some great years in St. Louis,” Fingers said. “I think he should certainly be given a close look. The 61 home runs and all the stuff he went through those years.”

~End article~

You can learn more about Roger and some fans as well as join an online group formed to help restore Rogers record now over 5,750 strong and invite others here: Give MLB Home Run record back to ROGER MARIS

 

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