Curtis Pride wrote:And as an aside, why are Thome, Griffey, and Frank Thomas given a free pass in regards to 'roids. If anyone ever dared suggest that Griffey 'roided they'd be beaten down. But Bagwell. Sure, we'll just create this alternate reality where everyone in baseball thought Bagwell was roiding.
It may be hard for some to remember now, but Roger Clemens was also on this list a few years back before the Mitchell Report came out. To me, he was always such an obvious PED candidate, but everyone was always willing to give him the benefit of the doubt back then.
Anyway, the answer is an easy one. Fans and the media want to believe in a world where at least some of their sports heroes are "clean and pure." This is especially applicable in baseball, considering the naive and nostalgic belief that many fans have about the purity of the sport's past. Fortunately for Griffey, Thome, the Big Hurt and many pitchers of the same era, they've all been perceived in a good light. And to these voters, perception is everything.