Ok, so Andre Dawson was the only player elected to the HoF in this year's class. That's all fine and dandy with me. My big question for all of you is:
What do you think the fallout will be for players from the "steroid" era and will any get in within 5 years of first being eligible?
I hate the BBWAA for the fact that they not only knew about what was going on and didn't say anything (just like the management and ownership) but they now say they will punish players who have any suspicion about use of PEDs. Players like Clemens, Bonds, McGuire, etc. Players who never tested positive, ever, and if they did anything, they did it while there was no rule against it in baseball (even though it was still illegal to use a controlled substance without a prescription from a doctor).
So, I ask the writers and audience of Pinstripe Alley, what should be done with the future classes of HoF candidates that played during the "steroid" era, which is probably the 90s to early 2000s (say about 2005) and do any of them deserve a place in the hallowed Hall?
My opinion is they should all get in if their stats (in comparison to their contemporaries) and whatever other criteria are used warrants it. In fact, pretend that they didn't use steroids and just compare them to their contemporaries like we've been discussing about Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven and has been discussed about Mantle and Cy Young and Babe Ruth.
If they haven't tested positive when it has been against the rules of baseball, it shouldn't matter. A-Rod and Ortiz both allegedly tested positive when it still wasn't against the rules of baseball. Manny did, so he's never gonna be a HoF. By the by, I give A-Rod a lot of credit for not only admitting he did test use PEDs and why he did so, but he also came back like he really did have a weight off his shoulders and showed us the player from Seattle that we all were hoping he would be.
What are your thoughts?