Yep. Good ole rule 5 from the HOF. Writers forget about that when they are trying to justify voting for Steroid freaks.
Bert Blylevin is the perfect example of a great Stat Accumulator. I wouldn't vote for him. He's just a solid pitcher who stayed healthy enough to rack up big numbers. He was a very very good pitcher, but thats all.
Alomar was very very good to. I'd probably vote for him. But Im not sure. Hes borderline.
Honestly, I'm not sure Id vote for anyone this year.
Jeff Bagwell — though he never tested positive for steroids, never was implicated in any public way, was not named in the Mitchell Report or by anyone on the record as a suspected user, and is not even on this rather comprehensive list of players linked to steroids or HGH — seems to have become in some voter’s minds a player who used performance enhancing drugs.
This isn't voting on a player's integrity or character. Bagwell will likely be the first innocent bystander caught in the steroid era cross-fire. Is he innocent? I don't know and don't really care. But I really don't care for any writer who is using steroids as a cop out for not voting for Bagwell when the era he played is the damning evidence. Especially when at the same time they are voting for Alomar.