posted at 6/22/2007 1:26 AM EDT
"2-MacGwire, Raffy, and Sosa would not, imho, be HOFers without steroids. Of course, for mac and Sosa, you have to relatively sure, which I'm comfortable with."
But the other two, there just isnt anything beyond suspicion. As I tend to presume innocence, I would vote them both in unless evidence came to light that they cheated.
And it would have to be more evidence than the andro found in McGwire's locker, since andro was not illegal at the time, not classified as a steroid in 1998, specifically permitted by MLB in 1998, and readily available at all GNC stores throughout the USA until 2000.
"1-Bonds would've been a HOF even without the steroids, so I'll cut him some slack."
We don't know when Palmeiro started using steroids. We know he had HOF credentials before he got caught. And unlike Bonds, Sosa and McGwire, Palmeiro did testify that he never used steroids.
What if at the time, he actually hadn't?
If that were the case - hypothetically speaking - that Palmeiro could prove he started taking steroids between his testimony in March and his test in May - is he a Hall of Famer? He already had 3,000 hits and 500 HR's.
If not, how does his case differ from Bonds'?