“It’s hard, but it’s harder to ignore it.
If they were right, I’d agree, but it’s them they know not me.”
And where does that leave my philosophy regarding the Hall of Fame?
I respect the opinion of colleagues who contend that we are only guessing as to how level or non-level the playing field was during the height of the steroid era and, therefore, any player who has earned the Hall of Fame statistically, historically and never tested postive will receive their vote.
In contrast, I am more cynical and personally involved.
My son, David, played parts of eight years in the major leagues and almost six in all. He did not use PEDs, and I believe him on that, having seen him lose roster spots and salary to players who were proven to have used PEDs (or later admitted to it) while their union did nothing to protect the non-cheaters.
I recognize that the Hall is not comprised entirely of saints, but my criteria—born in full disclosure by that personal attachment and my long experience—is that where there is reasonable belief of PED use I will/would withhold my vote unless, in subsequent years, by some means, I could be convinced otherwise.
Posted: November 29, 2012 at 06:57 AM | 33 comment(s)
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