There appeared to be widespread agreement that Rodriguez’s chances of earning election into the Hall of Fame are all but over.
“Not when they’ve been holding out on all the others,” Csaplar said in reference to other stars such as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, all of whom were suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs during their careers and haven’t earned election into the Hall.
Added Fresno, Calif., resident Michael Walls, “I think the overall view of his character is bad.”
Brian Butler, a Yankees fan from Hampton, N.J., likened Rodriguez’s downfall to an American tragedy.
“His talent deserves (election into Hall of Fame), but rules are rules,” Butler said.
The prospect of anyone from the steroids era getting into the Hall of Fame was viewed with skepticism.
“It’s so hard to tell,” Hogerman said. “I wouldn’t like to see it happen.”
“It’s going to be very difficult,” said Butler, adding that baseball might be more forgiving years down the line.
Walls said when it comes to election into the Hall, the same rules should apply to everyone on drug use.
“It has to be one or the other,” he said, adding that all players who used performance enhancing drugs should be considered for the Hall or none.