On today's episode of Globe 10.0, hosted by Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan, one of the questions of the day was "Should the players who used steroids have an asterisk besides their numbers?" referring to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
That's a fair question. Ryan, along with guest Charlie Pierce, decided it wasn't a bad idea. However, without any test results or hard proof, players could get labeled users simply out of speculation.
There are many complications having to do with this, but as Ryan explained, "Who did it why? Who did it when? Was he a Hall of Famer before? Was he a Hall of Famer after?" He ended his speech by saying, "This is hopeless," and he's got a point.
Pierce wants a sentence-long asterisk explaining what years the players hit so many home runs and how it was the "steroid era."
That's almost the most ridiculous idea he proposed, but the funniest part of the entire three-minute discussion was this: Ryan wants the Baseball Hall of Fame to have color coded plaques.
"I think some disclaimer has got to be used, and I'm in favor of something that I kiddingly say, but I kind of mean, and that's color coded plaques," said Ryan, as Pierce erupts in laughter. "So you got one color for the known dead guys, another for the guys who we think took steroids, and then the guys who we know are clean."
Who's in favor of color-coded plaques? How about white for the clean guys, black for the dead, known guys, and pink for the guys who we think took steroids?