Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
I think its safe to say there was considerable steroid use in MLB the last 20+ years. Are you saying we turn a blind eye to that?
Yes. If they're in already, so be it. If MLB has decided to look the other way (as they have thus far), then so be it. The damage is done, no amount of fiddling with things is going to change that. The players who did cheat have inflated numbers, the players who didn't cheat have deflated numbers (facing juiced pitchers or pitchers facing juiced batters). I think the only reasonable option is to put players into the Hall based on the numbers alone because we'll never be able to remove the steroid factor from the equation. Now going forward, if MLB punishes a player by banning him....then exclude him from the ballot. (but I'm really not fond of that idea. I think if their numbers warrant admission, then admit them with some statements condemning their actions)
Simply put, I can't see any other reasonable way to deal with the hall. If you start excluding players based on suspicion where does the line get drawn? If you start excluding players who were found guilty but MLB still decides that their numbers stand, where do we draw that line? Simply take that emotional aspect OUT of the voting.