Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
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.
I think this is the nut of the issue here. Either we do just say "oh well, we didn't catch them, let them in" or "these look like inflated numbers to me". And, like with a lot of other things in life, the truth lies somewhere in-between. Which makes it a very difficult call.
I don't have a great issue with letting superstar guys highly suspected of using PEDs. Guys like Bonds or Clemons were going to be in. PEDs gave them cartoonish numbers but they were damn good anyhow. Guys like Palmeiro or Sosa or McGuire, weeellllll, in my opinion, I think PEDs boosted them to HoF levels of numbers. I'd give a skunk eye to them. Guys like Fred McGriff are difficult calls too. You evaluate them on a one-by-one basis and make your best stab at it.
My hope for the voting is that enough writers vote what their opinions are on these issues based on the information and somehow out of the mess, a consensus appears. Messy and not definitive, yeah. But I don't see any relealistic and practical solutions out there.