I think I speak for baseball fans everywhere when I say that we have no interest in continuing to discuss the A-Rod steroid controversy - the ONLY people who want to talk about it are in the media!
I'm not saying that A-Rod didn't make a huge mistake by using performance-enhancing drugs; I am saying only that we know enough about it already and anything he says at this point is only to satisfy a media that will crucify him unless he plays their game.
One way that A-Rod could come out looking good in all of this would be to pay to have his blood tested once a week by an independent testing lab and have the results released to the public at the end of every week. That way we all know for sure that he is clean and anything he does here in is unaided.
As for the Hall of Famers and steroid users, I think that for the most part, it is unfair to keep guys like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens out. These guys were not only stand-outs within the steroid era, but were also Hall of Famers before their probable use of PEDs.
I do believe that there are circumstances, however where it should affect someone's election. A guy like Mark McGwire, for example, only garners HOF consideration because of the production he saw by using.
As for A-Rod, I believe that he has enough playing time left to repair the damage done to his reputation and retire a sure-fire first ballot HOF'er.