HOOTIE wrote:bleach168 wrote:All I know is Bonds, McGwire, and Sosa and if it is proven that these guys cheated, no way would I vote them into the HoF. If you get caught, bottomline, you should be punished. So if Bonds hypothetically hit 200 homeruns while juiced, not only do those 200 get taken away, but an additional 200 legit homeruns should be taken away leaving him with 300.
One, even if convicted, there's no way to prove they hit 200 more or 1 more. Second, until 2003, roids were not illegal in MLB. Between 84-96 players tested positive that year, with no suspensions. Somebody in MLB must have had a good reason there were no rules against it. It's not the players job to decide the rules, just play by the rules. You can't go back in time and say deduct this, or asterisk that. It's insane. If you want to enforce the penalty at the time like (George Brett's pine tar hr), fine.
Oh no way should the players be off the hook. It's the player's union that is largely responsible for the joke of a drug policy we've had and continue to have.
I agree that it's hard to tell exactly how many homers should be taken away. Maybe instead just use some universal number like -100 off your career homers for getting caught the first time, -300 the second time, permanent ban from baseball the third time.