Why does the MLB allow Joe Jackson and Pete Rose in the HOF, but it doesn’t ban the steroid freakazo… by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
Your statement is incorrect: “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader are not in its Hall of Fame.(1)
As for the era of steroid-induced performance, attitudes appear to be changing. Newer electees to the Baseball Writers Association of America tend to look at this period with a less jaundiced eye, voting for induction those players whose statistics merit there status as all-time greats.
These latter-generation baseball writers are not discounting the skewing of player statistics resulting from PED usage. Rather, they are relenting to a cruel fact: it simply is not possible to gauge who did and did not use performance-enhancing drugs. Remember, drug testing was opposed by the MLB Players Association for many years.