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There are players who are currently eligible to be elected to baseball's Hall of Fame, as well as players who will be eligible in the coming years, who likely will not earn inclusion in Cooperstown because of suspected use of performance-enhancing drugs.
The list is long, and includes players who have broken numerous records:
Each one of these players has either admitted to, or has been accused of, taking performance-enhancing drugs during their playing careers.
Based on recent voting results, it's likely that these players will continue to be blocked from inclusion in baseball's Hall of Fame, at least for the foreseeable future.
Is it fair that they are being blackballed? That's a topic open to considerable debate. Those who are crying foul that these players are being left out will point to the fact that MLB teams were completely complicit in the distribution of "greenies" to players for many years.
In his article in 2005, Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci spoke with two veteran MLB managers who addressed the ban of greenies.
Greenies have been such a part of the game that without them, one veteran manager told SI, "they should increase the rosters by five and make it mandatory that all getaway games be day games." Another manager believes the ban could lead to a dip in the quality of play: "Everybody in baseball has to be concerned about how this is going to play out. They're going to have to shorten the season. It used to be just the 35-and-older guys needed them, but young guys rely on them now too. The level of play could be affected. You'll have to check on your players more as far as giving them off days."
In essence, greenies helped enhance play, so many who are currently in the Hall of Fame could technically be singled out for cheating as well.
Nonetheless, the above list of players will likely continue to be on the outside looking in as long as the current bloc of Hall of Fame voters are in place.