Originally Posted by TDog
Barry Bonds didn't have a Hall of Fame career before he started using steroids. If he had retired instead of signing with the Giants, he wouldn't have been elected to the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame is not about the numbers, and comparing steroids to corking bats misses the point. There no doubt are players who got away with steroid use, but the ones who are remembered for unnaturally alterring muscle mass dishonestly, contrary to the spirit of the game and federal law, do not belong in the Hall of Fame.
There is actually a lot of evidence to suggest that Bonds didn't start using steroids until the start of the 1999 season where he only played 100 games due him tearing his tricep (I think) because his steroid use. Prior to the 1999 season he was the first guy to ever hit 400 HRs and steal 400 bases. Had he retired after 1998 he would have gotten in the hall still.