Originally Posted by 757690
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.
Unless the HoF or MLB on Congress or someone sets up an in-depth multi-million dollar investigation into PED use staffed by medical experts and scientists and lawyers (and what a rat's nest that would be), the information we have now is pretty much all we are ever going to get.
If a baseball writer doesn't feel adequately equipped to make judgements on the complex issue of a ballplayer being in the HoF, well, OK. I'd say that that writer needs to step aside and give his slot to someone who does feel "comfortable" making the call.
Sometimes, decisions are hard. Sometimes, you don't have all the facts. Sometimes the morals and ethics are complex and confusing. But a lot of life decisions are like that. Either step up to the plate and take your cuts or else ask the coach to pinch hit for you.