If Pete Rose can't be in, then Bonds and other juicers sure as hell shouldn't be either imo.
Besides all power numbers are far too over inflated. You can't compare eras, because when they lowered the mound half a foot, forcing pitchers to throw into the wheelhouse, those numbers became meaningless.
There's no 'probably' with A-Rod...
Bonds had what would typically be described as an outstanding year in '98: .303 BA, .438 OBP, 1.047 OPS, 37 HR, 122 RBI, and 28 stolen bases. Yet he was completely overshadowed by a pair of juicers. He decided he couldn't get the attention he deserved without also cheating. Given what we know about Bonds and his personality, that sounds like a pretty logical chain of events. He also suddenly stopped stealing bases after '98, after being one of the league's most pilferous baserunners.
His elbow injury in '99 was also a big clue. That was before he "allegedly" started using HGH; HGH is the key for steroid users to avoid bulking up to the point where their ligaments and tendons can't handle the muscle mass. It strengthens those ligaments and tendons, enabling an athlete to continue adding strength.
He'll go in the asterisk HOF along with A-ROD. A cheater is a cheater is a cheater. I'd rather have average players from that "era" get into the HOF than have the star players that everyone knows was on the juice. At least that leaves the HOF with some integrity. No person that cheats should ever be put on a pedestal, it sets a bad precedent for the next generation.
Sammy Sosa agrees!
He should be in without a doubt. He was the best player in the league in the early-mid 90's without steroids. Then in a league full of guys juicing, he was far and away the best player. This isn't a guy who just hit home runs like McGuire, he had an OBP of over .600 one year. If you do that, I don't care how much you cheat, you deserve to be in.
If I had a vote, how do I vote for Bonds if I didn't vote for McGwire?
A little off topic, but I just went to Cooperstown for Barry Larkin's induction. You guys HAVE to go if you're a baseball fan. It was so awesome.