Roy White was on an ocean/stream liner vacation somewhere and could not be reached for a comment.
No one ever accused Rice of taking steroids and when he finally went into the Hall of Fame in 2009 in his 15th and final year of eligibility, there was not a smidge of taint to the election.
However, next year’s Hall of Fame ballot will offer two candidates without the pristine resume of Rice.
...But he says it all comes down to proof, something that was proven to be elusive in the recent Clemens trial.
“If you have evidence that the guy was using steroids, he shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame,” Rice said in a phone interview. “But if there is no evidence of use, he should be allowed. Other than that, you can’t worry about it.”
As for the cleanliness of the game today, Rice believes it’s getting better and feels the commissioner and the owners need to stay vigilant in their examinations of players.
“Give them physicals every year and check everything,” he said. “The average baseball bat weighs only 32 ounces. Why do you need steroids to swing a bat like that? Why do you need steroids when some fences are only 320 feet away and even some high school kids can hit the ball 400 feet because they’re working out? No one needs steroids.”