By: | December 27, 2013 4:47 pm
But for the angry fans certain that Cooperstown has no room for cheaters — those fans this post aims to convince otherwise — please at least dial back the outrage for a moment and consider the justification, understanding that no one is arguing that baseball players should take steroids or that being caught taking steroids in 2014 does not merit punishment.
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It seems likely that most everyone who clicked this post did so to nod knowingly or shrug apathetically or quake angrily as he rifles through the four promised reasons the Hall of Fame should eliminate the character clause from its voting criteria and encourage the Baseball Writers Association of America to elect the retired baseball players who were best at playing baseball.
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By now, every baseball fan alive holds some strong opinion on the sport’s recent history with performance-enhancing drug use and how it should impact Hall of Fame voting.
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Some voters have said, quite reasonably, that they will vote for players from baseball’s so-called Steroid Era but . And, again, that makes sense: It’s not fair to punish players for the indiscretions of their colleagues.