I liked it better when Bob Ryan just used to see pink elephants…
Hear me out. I am proposing that those voted into the Hall of Fame be divided into three categories, as follows:
1. Red plaques Precede: There was a period of time, from roughly 1990 through the early 21st century, when performance-enhancing drugs invaded baseball. The following players are either admitted users, accused users, or, in the face of overwhelming circumstantial evidence, so strongly suspected of being users that their denial is implausible. But they were undeniably great players, with or without, or before and after, their use of PEDs.
2. Pink plaques Precede: There was a period of time, from roughly 1990 through the early 21st century, when performance-enhancing drugs invaded baseball. The following players may have dabbled briefly with PEDs, but the evidence falls short of inclusion on the red plaques.
3. Blue plaques Precede: The following were great players who did not come under any suspicion during a period of time from roughly 1990 to the early 21st century when performance-enhancing drugs invaded baseball.
...Juiced-up pitchers threw to juiced-up batters. We know that. Certain players had an odd Before and After aspect to their careers. We know that. It is too much of a hair-hurting exercise to make an attempt at deciding which homers and which strikeouts were legit. I’m sure McGwire knows how many of his homers would have been warning-track flies had he not been juiced, but he ain’t sayin’. We’ll never know.
So we might as well put ’em all in.
The problem, is, I can’t enact this all by myself. And, believe me, if you’ve got a better idea, let me hear it.
Until then … color-coded plaques.
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