Ex-Ray Chris Archer: PED users don’t belong in Baseball Hall of Fame

No matter the circumstances, Archer tweets, those players ‘disgraced the integrity of the game.'
Former Rays pitcher Chris Archer laughs during a game in July against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Former Rays pitcher Chris Archer laughs during a game in July against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published January 18

Former Rays All-Star pitcher Chris Archer took to Twitter to express his views about the Hall of Fame candidacy of players who used performance-enhancing drugs, and he made it abundantly clear how he feels:

Archer, traded to the Pirates last July, is known for sharing his opinions, and for putting considerable thought into them. He is involved in much more than just the sports world, talking often about social issues and other topics, and investing his time and money in helping others, including through his charitable foundation.

The Hall of Fame debut is always a hot topic during the off-season, and is especially topical now with the annual voting results set to be announced Tuesday.

Some candidates on the ballot, such as Manny Ramirez, failed tests for PED use while others, such as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, have been linked publicly to use.

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