As usual…it’s the Galloway or the highway.
Having said all of the above, however, it would not be right to skip over the single Pudge smudge on his stellar career and stellar reputation.
Do we believe Canseco? Not normally. Not on anything, frankly. Jose is wacko. But many names, beyond any of his former Rangers teammates, Canseco mentioned in the book later turned out to be proven users. The book was primarily intended to bring down Mark McGwire, but the book also wrecked so many baseball reputations.
Let it be noted, however, Canseco’s book is the only place you will find Pudge linked to PEDs.
...I repeat: The only link for Pudge and steroids is Canseco, and even Jose says only he and Pudge knew what was going on. Do you believe Canseco?
But while torn over how to vote every December on Hall of Fame candidates from the ‘roids era, my personal rule of thumb, right or wrong, is to simply use the Mitchell Report or a published failed test.
If your name is listed with either, no Hall of Fame vote.
I’m not saying I’m right. I’m not saying I can’t change my mind later. I’m just saying that’s the only way I know to do it for now.
To me, Pudge is a local baseball treasure, the likes of which we may never see again in Arlington. I don’t think there’s a smudge on Pudge.