​Baseball Hall Of Fame Vote, MLB Performance Enhancing Drugs

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January 9, 2013
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The Baseball Hall Of Fame will announce a vote Wednesday afternoon on the MLB Network and there’s a chance that the list might be the most added players to be inducted since 1936, but there’s also one possibility that no player gets in. You just never know with the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Hall Of Fame voters had their hands full in deciding who was worthy of receiving a plaque to be placed on the hallowed walls of Cooperstown.

The voting members of the association have sent in their ballots, and the drama is simmering.

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are among those new to the ballot this year, but baseball writers are divided on nearly issue surrounding eligibility, including what those issues should be.

The major issue, of course, is steroids, a subject on which everyone has an opinion but scarcely anyone has any hard facts. Except for a handful of players, we can’t be certain who actually took steroids. We can’t agree on whether or not taking steroids really constitutes cheating – if there weren’t any rules against taking a certain substance, many feel, how can you actually say someone cheated? Or so some arguments go.

We don’t even agree on what actually constitutes steroids. The truth of the matter is that very few of the sportswriters weighing in on the subject really know much about them.

Most important, at least to the Hall of Fame discussion, we’re not even sure how or if performance enhancing drugs enhance performance. Everyone has a story about a sprinter or a minor league pitcher who got a big boost from injecting themselves with something, but experts studying the effects of PEDs on baseball doubt that they really had much impact at all on baseball. But you could argue this point when it comes to Barry Bonds and Mark McGuire.

The Hall Of Fame could be a surprise this year, perhaps pushing some players back on the list until Major League Baseball can forgive players who used performance enhancing drugs.