Baseball players who have used banned substances should still be voted into the Hall of Fame. First of all, these substances did not affect any players ability what so ever. Take the prohibited drug, steroids into mind. Between 1988 and 1994, 20 to 30 percent of baseball athletes utilized larges doses of steroids to reach the term "BIG." Barry Bonds, a former star of the sport, took steroids; his statistics eminently prove this claim. From 1986 to 1998, before the influence of the roids, Bonds had a total of 411 home runs and 1216 RBI's. During his marriage with the "stuff", from 1999 to 2007, Bonds could only achieve 351 home runs and 780 RBI's. Likewise Roger Clemens stats also proves my point. For example, Clemens's ERA prior to steroid usage was 3.06, and during his substance utilization, his ERA was 3.21. What does this exactly tell us? Well, clearly, the drug incapacitated both athletes ability rather than increasing it. Obviously, players like Bonds and Clemens assumed steroids would benefit them. However it did not, thus, anyone who consumes these substances should still be capable for being voted into the Hall of Fame.
Baseball players are athletes, not saints. They should be voted into the Hall of Fame based on their athletic accomplishments, not their personal lives. Many baseball players in the past, such as Babe Ruth, were anything but innocents and have already been voted into the Hall of Fame. If contemporary baseball players are to be denied the privilege of being voted into the Hall of Fame for using banned substances, then previous players known to have used illegal substances who are already in the Hall of Fame should be removed.
Steroids or PEDs do not make you a better hitter, they do not sharpen you hand eye coordination. They make you able to build muscles and strength that you would not be able to do otherwise. That being said, if you do not have the bat speed required to catch put o a fast ball you won't hit it even if you bat was heading in the correct position it would just make it there late. Bonds use of PEDs enhanced his ability to put his bat in the right place at the right "time". His hand eye coordination was always great and that didn't need improvement, he needed to increase his bat speed, faster bat speed increases the energy transferred to the ball, thus making the ball travel along its path faster and farther. If Bonds was not able to perform; i.e. have his bat in position to get the hits he wanted; he would have had fewer hits/homers/RBIs etc. He had a hall of fame career by the year 2000 came around. He was 35, same age that Gehrig was at the end of his career. Gehrig made it to the Hall with great numbers and Bonds' numbers were pretty damn good then too. But at 35 years of age, after playing the game for 14 years, you will start showing wear, your bat speed slows, your speed in general slows. Bonds' ability, at a time when your body starts to wear down, to hit an additional 300+ homers, 700 RBIs, but only 55 more SB, and only 12 more 3B tells me that he was only worried about the HR. He practically stopped running and playing the game for the game and wanted to get the crown. After 15 years of averaging 33 HR and never hitting more than 50, he miraculously hits 73, more than doubling his career average at the age of 36, and for the next three years hit more HRs than his career avg. Ruth averaged 34 HR/season up to 35 years old, then proceeded to hit and average of 30 HR/season till he retired. Thats more realistic to see, a great player having his bests years at a younger age then tapering off. Bonds is not the only player that had better power numbers at an age when they should have been tapering. Bonds and other players that cheated to get better numbers should never be praised for the achievements they attained. What kind of example are the kids who look up to people like that going to get? Cheat to get ahead and you will still be rewarded...That is not what we should instill in our youth. They should be banned for life like Rose was, but because they are cheats. Rose should be reinstated and voted into the Hall. But thats another debate.
Why would you want to vote for someone who cheated their way to their success? You would not reward a student for cheating on their exam or a manager who cheated their employees to gain a bigger bonus. Baseball players, and people in general, should only be rewarded for using their body the way it was given to them.