Baseball's Steroid Era Stars: Should They Get in the Hall Of Fame?

Matt SmithCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2009

WASHINGTON - MARCH 17:  (R to L) Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, Rafael Palmeiro of the Baltimore Orioles, former St. Louis Cardinals Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa of the Baltimore Orioles listen to testimony the House Committee hearing investigating steroid use in baseball on Capital Hill March 17, 2005 in Washington, DC. Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Allen 'Bud' Selig will give testimony regarding MLB?s efforts to eradicate steriod usage among its players. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Should Major League Baseball's steroids era stars be put in the Hall?  If it were up to me the answer is yes.

With this years Alex Rodriguez steroid revelations, MLB's nightmare continues.  The league faces questions of what to do now in terms of suspensions and the writers are left to decide what happens with the Hall of Fame.  There are also questions about the record books, which is more important to baseball than most other sports.  

I am not here to excuse cheating but at a certain point you have to move on.  The last 30 years is forever stained but I don't need to see a witch hunt.  

Congressional hearings, the Mitchell Report, Jose Canseco's claims, A-Rod's cousin, ok, clearly players were juicing, I get it, but it's time to turn the page.

Baseball needs to take the following steps:

#1) Make a new wing in the Hall of Fame for players who played in the steroid era.

All players from this era are suspects, so like "The Scarlet Letter," there should be a steroid disclaimer on everyone.  Players involved in scandals related to or whom it is publicly known tested positive for banned substances would have that information posted on their display.

#2) All records and awards will be recognized but they will be written in a different color ink or will have an asterisk and an explanation of the era.

I think the records need to stand unless you are going to remove player's numbers from the books.  You can't remove numbers from the books because all of the stats are interconnected to other players stats.  

If you remove A-Rod's home runs from the record books what about the pitchers that gave up these homers, what then happens to their stats?  The late Ken Caminiti used steroids, so should Mike Piazza who was second in the MVP balloting, retroactively be awarded the 1996 MVP?  This assumes Piazza is clean and his era does not allow us to assume anything, it's a slippery slope.  

Slap an asterisk on it and keep it moving.

Unfortunately for me, three of the four decades I've been a baseball fan have been marred by this issue, but unless you are never going to induct anyone else into the Hall, I think the stars of this era should get in.  

This means Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez, and all the other stars who's numbers are worthy would all be in Cooperstown.

What do you think?