The former head of the Congressional subcommittee that Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Jose Canseco testified in front of told FanHouse that Palmeiro indeed may not have knowingly used steroids despite a positive test days after he recorded his 3,000th hit—a benchmark that typically ensures entry to the Hall of Fame. Palmeiro will find out Wednesday if he’ll be a first-ballot selection as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America reveals if anybody reached the 75% threshold for induction.
“I feel bad for him,” said Tom Davis, a retired Virginia Congressman who now is director of Federal Government Affairs for Deloitte & Touche. “I believe that he didn’t know he was taking steroids. I think he told the truth. We conducted an investigation and that was the conclusion our investigators came to.”
...The decision for voters—including for the Veterans Committee that has a say after the baseball writers pass on a player – will be some more difficult in the coming years. All-time home run champ Barry Bonds and seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens—the headliners of the Mitchell Report and two players under separate indictments for telling federal officials they never knowingly used PEDs—- are Hall eligible in 2013.
“This is not all about the players,” Davis said. “Management and ownership all winked and nodded. These players were moving the turnstiles. At one point, you have to make the decision that more players were probably using than even were in the Mitchell Report. We know a lot of (players) were using, but could never prove it. Guys like McGwire shouldn’t be barred.”