Originally Posted by edabbs44
I wouldn't say nothing. Piazza and Biggio have had their share of smoke. And it pains me to say this, but McGriff's late career renaissance after joining a team full of questionable suspects gives me some doubt as well.
This is exactly why Fay did the correct thing.
What is he supposed to do with "smoke" providing speculation or innuendo that somebody used PEDs?
Is Fay supposed to be the judge and jury as to whether somebody used PEDs based on public speculation?
Fay is a baseball writer. He has expertise in baseball performance. He is not an expert on PED use. He is not a judge and jury as to whether each candidate used. He has no way of evaluating how much PEDs influenced a particular player's performance.
I don't know how any individual sportswriter can deal with all these issues fairly. At minimum, the Hall must set out clear guidelines concerning PEDs and how they should be considered (or not considered) in the voting process.