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?
I think it is a mistake to assume the steroids didn't also help him to attain 3,000 hits. A lot of the advantage of PED's lies in the way they help players recover from injury. No telling whether Palmeiro could have had the same longevity without them.
If you vote Raffy for the Hall, you are voting with full knowledge that ALL of his stats could have been--and probably were--tainted in some way by his use of drugs. That doesn't necessarily mean he shouldn't get a vote any more than another member of his generation (many of whom probably also used but were never caught). It just means that voters have one heck of a conundrum on their hands for players in the steroids era.