How Should the Baseball Hall of Fame Treat the Steroid Era?

How should the Hall of Fame judge this era's stars—with an asterisk or a shrug?

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There's an old saying: "If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'." And this week, as the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame enshrines another set of baseball immortals, a shadow remains over many of this era's best players in the form of steroids. Is it unfair to previous generations of players to reward modern cheaters? Or is cheating as old as the game—and the human race—itself? In U.S. News's monthly series The Chat Room, advocates on all sides of the debate get their say.


Steroid Users Have No Place in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Genuine stars feel cheated. Besides, the kids are watching, says Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning.

Hall of Fame Should Get Over the Steroid Scandal—Cheating Is Common
Cheating started the day after the game was invented, argues baseball player-turned-announcer Steve Lyons.

Baseball's Steroid Era Was No Surprise, So Hall of Fame Voters Should Accept It
It's a bit late to get all high and mighty, writes lawyer David Ezra, author of Asterisk: Home Runs, Steroids, and the Rush to Judgment.

Baseball's Steroids Debate Isn't About Bonds or A-Rod, It's About Right and Wrong
The steroids debate reflects broader problems with society, argues fashion designer Marc Ecko, who bought Barry Bonds's record-setting 756th home run ball and stamped an asterisk on it before sending it to the Hall of Fame.