Attention baseball writers: eat a bag of dicks. You are not the story, you are not the arbiters of morality, and - let's be honest here - you are tilting the rules only so it suits you. If Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Gaylord Perry, Whitey Ford, and Pud Galvin are all in the Hall of Fame, than all of this eras players can be too. (except for Rafael Palmerio, fuck that guy.)
I mean, hey, if Tom Yawkey and Kenesaw Mountain Landis are your moral pillars, I am shocked Hank Aaron and Willie Mays ever got in the Hall.
Basically, with members like Bill Conlin, the baseball writers have said that it is just fine to have sex with children but even the suspicion of steroids? No way, Jose.
real issue is the baseball writers applying arbitrary morality to the
whole thing. Racists and wife beaters and amphetamine users and
on-the-field cheaters are fine, but if you used STEROIDS - oh noes!
lordy! What about the sanctity of the game? What about the children? Give me a fucking break.
Why is Mike Schmidt here? Because he said in an interview that if they were around when he was a young player, he absolutely would have used steroids. I think it is time for us all to be honest with ourselves about the steroid era. It was just that, an era. Just like the dead ball era, the expansion era, or the pre integration era. The baseball writers need to learn some of the history of baseball before they start applying their misguided criteria to the whole thing.