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Will Andy Pettitte's HGH use jeopardize Hall of Fame bid?

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09:20 AM ET 09.21 | Andy Pettitte's borderline candidacy for the Hall of Fame may be derailed by his admitted use of human growth hormone. The Yankees left-hander acknowledged that was the lone regret of his career. "I don't even want to bring this up, but the whole thing happened with the HGH... I obviously regret that got out," Pettitte said after announcing his retirement Friday. "I think kids who have watched me handle that situation know I would never think that was the right thing to do." Other players who have owned up to using performance-enhancing drugs have not fared well in getting to Cooperstown. Pettitte said he used HGH to recover from an elbow injury. "I know in my heart and I've never tried to cheat this game," Pettitte said. "I've never tried to cheat at anything in my life and I've kind of danced around that the last five or six years, but that's the truth."

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September 21, 2013  09:54 AM ET

"Obviously regret it got out there"?????

Apparently there's no regret in him taking it

September 21, 2013  09:57 AM ET

Yes. And it will keep Big Pappi out of there too. Some users are in already, some more will be only because they did not get caught or had their names released in the original 103 list....

September 21, 2013  10:04 AM ET

Not even sure he would make it without the PED admission.

September 21, 2013  10:05 AM ET

When a player like Piazza is not admitted first ballot, it shows the whole "steroid era" of olayers has been tainted.

September 21, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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Cheating roid head, no HOF for Andy.

Correction: HGH. Not to be confused with Roids used by Manny and Big Pappi. No thanks necessary, your welcome.

September 21, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Not even sure he would make it without the PED admission.

Agree. Close. It would have been his post season MLB record for wins that would have put him over possibly.

September 21, 2013  10:08 AM ET
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When a player like Piazza is not admitted first ballot, it shows the whole "steroid era" of olayers has been tainted.

I hope they shut the place down. Just start a Hall Of Records. Nobody knows anymore.

September 21, 2013  10:09 AM ET

He will be an interesting case study... he "seems" to have been forthcoming and candid in his conversations about it and the vitriol towards him from the leering press is nothing of the level assigned to others.

That may or may not mean anything 5 years down the road... we will see.

September 21, 2013  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Agree. Close. It would have been his post season MLB record for wins that would have put him over possibly.

Schilling has a nice post season record as well.

September 21, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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When a player like Piazza is not admitted first ballot, it shows the whole "steroid era" of olayers has been tainted.

When a guy who used to be a releif pitcher for the Red Sox admits that he used PEDS and dropped a syringe in the clubhouse one day and the other players just looked at him and laughed, then you know it was pervasive throughout the league. Just shut the HOF down and start something else if they must.

September 21, 2013  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Schilling has a nice post season record as well.

Not 19 wins and 300+ innings.

September 21, 2013  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He will be an interesting case study... he "seems" to have been forthcoming and candid in his conversations about it and the vitriol towards him from the leering press is nothing of the level assigned to others. That may or may not mean anything 5 years down the road... we will see.

There ya go. Time will tell. Nothing should surprise us anymore.

September 21, 2013  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

When a guy who used to be a releif pitcher for the Red Sox admits that he used PEDS and dropped a syringe in the clubhouse one day and the other players just looked at him and laughed, then you know it was pervasive throughout the league. Just shut the HOF down and start something else if they must.

Or just recognize that it was part of the game at the time and move on.

September 21, 2013  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Correction: HGH. Not to be confused with Roids used by Manny and Big Pappi. No thanks necessary, your welcome.

Nobody really knows what he took, or for how long.

September 21, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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Not 19 wins and 300+ innings.

Shilling also didn't have the fortune of playing on those Yankee teams his whole career.

September 21, 2013  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"Obviously regret it got out there"?????

Apparently there's no regret in him taking it

Totally agree...This is one of those "apologies that's not an apology".

If the HOF let's in *any* druggies, then no one should be denied because they were doping.

50 may have it right....close the place down, it's become irrelevant.

September 21, 2013  10:31 AM ET
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Totally agree...This is one of those "apologies that's not an apology".If the HOF let's in *any* druggies, then no one should be denied because they were doping.50 may have it right....close the place down, it's become irrelevant.

It was never that relevant in the first place. There are also already plenty of players in the HOF who would be considered dopers by today's standards.

September 21, 2013  10:37 AM ET
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Shilling also didn't have the fortune of playing on those Yankee teams his whole career.

True. And neither did Ferguson Jenkins or a 100 very good pitchers. Does not change facts. "What if" is not an option. You got to be in a WS to play the best and then you are what the record says you are....

 
September 21, 2013  10:38 AM ET
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There are also already plenty of players in the HOF who would be considered dopers by today's standards.

The difference being, that before, it wasn't an entire generation.

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