Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
I just don't see how the HoF can set clear guidelines for PED use and non-use. It's about as muddy of an issue as you're ever going to see.
What would those clear guidelines be?
The guidelines would address the following factors:
1. Whether PED use is a pertinent factor.
2. Whether speculation about PED use (as opposed to clear information) should be considered.
3. Possibly a statement by the Hall as to the standard to be used in considering PED use. For example, a statement that PED use is only relevant if the voter has good reason to think that PEDs had a significant impact on performance.
These are not exhaustive. There are many approaches the Hall can take to bring more clarity to this subject. I think voters would welcome these guidelines.
As to the comment by a poster that all this requires is "logic and reason" I completely and entirely disagree. This is an issue of science and, in some cases, an issue of evidence.
If I were a player, I wouldn't want a major league beat writer deciding if I used PEDs and what impact PEDs might have had on my career. The least the Hall can do is address the issue for its voters in some manner.