Is Gary Sheffield more Hall of Fame-worthy than Alex Rodriguez, despite both being inextricably linked to performance-enhancing drugs?
Sheff is „crushing“ A-Rod in votes, leading Jon Heyman to ponder how a cheater – with fewer numbers – surpasses a tainted, though tremendous, all-time great. (Not to mention that Rodriguez is one of the least sympathetic figures in the sport.)
But this is nothing new for baseball writers who have had to navigate which stars get a pass – and which ones pay the price – when it comes to induction into Cooperstown since the 1990s.
Let’s take a look at who has been inducted and who has been left behind by the BBWAA.