Manny Ramierz, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmeiro, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire. At one point in the last decade ALL of these individual would have been no brainers if I asked about their Hall of Fame Prospects.
Now? These names carry a connotation of suspiscion ad doubt. When did they start using? What did they use? Who knew? The list of questions could go on and on.
Here is my question. All of these individuals have been documented as using some form of a perfomance enhancer. Should they be banned from the Baseball Hall of Fame?
The TRUTH says yes.
One could argue there is an unofficial policy at work with the sports writers who vote on those with eligibility. Why stop there? I say if MLB truely wants to take a tough stand against PED usage, then institute a policy where those caught are banned from the HOF.
Induction into the HOF is based on career statistics. If someone has been caught you automatically question the validity of their performance, and well their stats.
Many baseball fans refuse to acknowledge Barry Bonds as the homerun king because of his usage. The TRUTH cannot disagree. We have some loose timelines as to when Bonds starting juicing and ironically it was around the time he morphed from a slick speedy outfielder to a gigantic homerun monster. How legitimate was his performance? Its suspicious. Actually I am being too generous, he was guilty no question. That being said he cheated and artificially accumulated those stats. No HOF!
Listen to Jack Johnson