Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, Roger Clements, and, probably, some of the others players of the steroid period deserve to be in the Hall because of their on-field performance. But, we don't have to honor them while they are alive. Let them take to their graves the knowledge that at some point their names and records will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame but we don't have to salute them in person.
As to the different periods of baseball history, and there have been many, in my view it is fruitless to make comparisons between them. The point is to compare players with their peers and to consider their peers judgments of their skills.
By Jackson Baker
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