Sports writer Bob Klapisch has a column I can't quite get behind on account of how he's not voting for the great Jack Morris. But he raises some interesting questions about how we'll vote now that those who played during the steroid era are in contention:
Next year, however, the election process dissolves into chaos when the referendum on steroids arrives with the class of 2013, which includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio and Curt Schilling.
Good luck to anyone trying to make sense of the ballot’s hazy instructions, which urges voters to consider a candidate’s “character.” But, how, exactly does that apply to the juicers?
Punish the ones who openly admitted to cheating? No forgiveness for them?
How about the ones who were suspected but never caught or, for that matter, not even mentioned in the Mitchell Report? Obviously it’s a messy science, although some have suggested a black-and-white solution: Either let them all in, or banish them all to purgatory, convicts and suspects alike.
I'd add a question about whether post-injury or post-surgery steroid use is acceptable. I'm curious what the sense of the Ricochet house is on steroid use.
Of course, we could all make this next year's balloting easier by just letting Jack Morris in already. And I can't stand the Twins! Or the Tigers! I did meet Morris in a Seattle bar once, on the first day of a baseball trip I did with a friend. We talked about steroids and Hall of Fame voting.