Originally Posted by Kc61
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.
We are all intelligent human beings with the ability to use logic and reason. That's all that is needed to make an acceptable decision on most matters.
No matter how thorough, rational and logical anyone is, they are going to be players who used PED's who get into the HOF, because they hid it well and were smart enough to not get caught. That is not a reason to include those who we know did use PED's to achieve their HOF numbers in the HOF. Just because we can't catch every criminal doesn't mean we shouldn't put anyone in jail.