Skin Blues wrote:I think the point is that we don't know ... why bother to punish players unless they've actually tested positive?
This isn't fair but it's because it's impossible to prove someone never used them. After the Palmeiro debacle, and with people like Jose Canseco and Conte running around claiming everyone and the ball boy to be on them, the fans are losing trust in the common player and I believe this will hurt future votes. It's not innocent until proven guilty anymore, it's all guilt by association.
What would happen if it came out that Jeter or Mariano tested positive? And if Colon is on the stuff who's to say Captain Cheeseburger himself isn't? It's all evil, negative speculation that does nothing but hurt this generation of player, guilty or not. And I think we are going to see far fewer players than expected get into the Hall in the next decade or so.