So today we should learn of the Hal of Fame vote. It is drawing a ton of attention because this the first big ballot with players that would other wise be sure fire first ballot Hall of Famers if it were not for steroids and performance enhancing drugs. In total 37 players are the ballot, but the big names, accompanied by big stats: Bary Bonds, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmeirio, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, and Jeff Bagwell. Others include Jack Morris, Craig Biggio, Mattingly (still there), Dale Murphy, and Curt Schilling.
I am with the opinion that unless there is a direct link to PEDs in someway, the guy should be voted in. For instance very well documented that Bonds, Clemens, Palmeiro, Sosa, and McGwire all have ties in some way to PEDs. If you want to keep the "cheaters" out then don't vote for them. If you want to accept that it was part of baseball (a very big part of baseball) that was fostered by owners, GMs, the players and the media then vote them in. What I don't get is holding off on guys like Piazza and Bagwell. Both of these guys have no ties what so ever to PEDs yet the writers "suspect" they "may" have used. That is unacceptable. The writers are crying they don't know how to vote, there's no rules for this, it's unfair to be judge and jury, etc. They brought this on themselves. They were in the clubhouse after every game they knew what was going on. They are as much to blame as baseball itself.
My ballot would include: Piazza, Biggio, and Raines.
I don't like the argument for Morris. Trammell shouldn't be getting as much support as he is getting, guys like Bagwell, McGriff, Mattingly, Lee Smith, and Dale Murphy are just under HOF level for me...great players, but not Hall of Fame level.
I don't think I would vote for Bonds or Clemens.