Ugh. I dislike the idea of comparing the 'dead ball' era to the steroid era for a number of reasons related to intent and harm. The dead ball era 'hit' every player (hitter and pitcher) the same, and it was not cheating. The 'roid era, by contrast, was defined by a sizeable group of renegade players who decided that their performance outweighed their sacred trust with The Game and the fans.
The players on steroids cheated...so like the Tour de France simply refused to award any winner for the years Lance 'won'...baseball is under no obligation to recognize (much less reward) the men who turned their backs on all of us in the pursuit of selfish, illegal and unethical goals. The 'roid era itself? Sure, that should be in the HOF, right next to the Chicago Black Sox exhibit.
By Leonard Gill
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