First, of all I don’t have a vote. But for those who do, it can be a pretty daunting task. But for some it’s not hard at all.
Some old school voters who covered the roid era might say, I’m not doing it. They’re not getting in. They knew what they were doing; they knew they were cheating. It created an unlevel playing field, and it penalized other guys who did not give in to it and couldn’t compete at the same level as guys who did. I get that. I have no problem with that.
To me, the issue though is, how do we really know who did and who didn’t.
Obviously, we can have our suspicions. But are you going to vote for a guy or not or a guy because you think he may have roided, but aren’t sure? And you don’t know when he may have started. Or when he may have stopped.
Take the three guys who got in, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez. Jose Canseco flat out accused Rodriguez of using and they were former teammates. Does that prove that Rodriguez used? And he doesn’t deserve to get in? Are you going to accept Canseco’s word as gospel? I don’t know if he did or didn’t, and if you don’t know, can you not vote for him?
I know this, he got in on the first ballot and that’s going to make it that much easier for others who have been suspected of using.
Just as Bud Selig, who presided over the roid era getting in is going to make it easier for others.
And if you can confirm it, speculation isn’t enough to keep a guy out, don’t you then have to let in Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Are you going to argue that they’re different? Jeff Bagwell had an incredible career. And he just got in, but there was speculation that he may used. But no proof.
Are you going to keep him off your ballot because you think he may have used.?
Fact is, time is healing this roid wound. Just as it’s weeding out the old-school voters who covered the game during that era and allowing those into voting process, who didn’t. It’s difficult. Every voter will have his or her criteria. It’s not an easy question to answer.
Every year, there will be arguments and every year, people will turn themselves into pretzels to argue one side or the other. It’s tricky, it’s ugly, and baseball has nobody to blame but itself.