NEW YORK TIMES: Breaking Down The Current And Future Candidates

Over at the New York Times, Tyler Kepner writes about how the Hall of Fame and the Baseball Writers Association of America is wrestling with the issue of performance-enhancing drugs and the Hall of Fame. Kepner breaks down the glut of current and future candidates into four categories:

  • Virtual locks, barring evidence of steroid use
  • Possible, barring evidence of steroid use
  • Doubtful, based on playing career, voting track record or both
  • Left out because of performance-enhancing drugs

And in that latter category, he breaks the candidates down into subcategories: based on suspicion, based on admission, based on evidence, and based on admission/evidence/playing career.

The names might be open for debate -- I'd be surprised if Mike Piazza were kept out, for example, even if a few writers want to throw him in the water and see if he floats -- but it's an interesting way to break down future candidates.

The only thing we know for sure is that it's going to get a whole lot more messy and convoluted next year. This year was a quiet, civil discussion at the Algonquin Roundtable compared to next year.

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