Originally Posted by TDog
This argument runs counter to the purpose of the Hall of Fame. Not knowing who unlawfully enhanced their muscle mass does not excuse opening the door to players who tarnished the game by obviously and apparently doing so.
Barry Bonds might have had the sort of relationship with the Hall of Fame that Jack Morris has if he hadn't juiced. You really don't know. What you do know is that by juicing he lost the respect of most baseball fans and helped change the game in a negative way. There are many who believe he doesn't belong in the record books, and the bar for the Hall of Fame is higher.
Here's who else changed the game in a negative way: the clean players who didn't speak out, the already enshrined players who were juicers before this whole thing got out of control, Bud Selig who buried his head in the sand, owners who ignored the rumors and counted their money, the BBWA who felated McGwire, Sosa and Bonds before turning on them, etc.
What does the "purpose of the Hall of Fame" even mean? How is it a relevant institution when neither the hit king nor the homerun king are included? Sure, people see it as a shrine but it's also a museum of the game and its greatest players.
Plus, the bar isn't that high if Jack Morris is in the discussion of deserving candidates.