Originally Posted by Sea Ray
Just as an aside, do you support Palmiero for the Hall?
I'm with you on the 3000 hits but in the steroid era, I'm not a fan of 500 HRs getting an automatic pass to Cooperstown. I'm not even sure 600 HRs does it. Didn't Sammy get to 600 HRs?
No I don't support Palmiero or anyone else who tested positive for performance enhanced drugs. Having said that Bonds for example was IMO a HOFer before he obviously did the performance enhanced drugs so I would have no problem seeing Bonds get in.
You are right on the 500 home runs. With how the way the game has changed you will see more and more players hit the 500 mark so I think the bar needs to be set a little higher.
It could have been interesting though had Harold Baines reached 3,000 hits. If I recall he fell a few hundred short, but I just can't see him in as worthy of the HOF even if he had reached the magic 3,000 hit mark.