Alex Rodriguez

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is facing a suspension through the end of next season, but will continue to play while he appeals the ruling. (Reuters / August 5, 2013)

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  • What do you think?
    (Note: This is an unscientific poll.)

    Does A-Rod still belong in the Hall of Fame?

    • Yes. Steroid-era players like A-Rod are still outstanding, even if some did enhance their performance with drugs. Athletes like A-Rod should be allowed in, but with asterisks next to their names making clear they were disciplined for violating drug policy.
    • No. Steroid use should disqualify A-Rod, as it seems to have disqualified -- so far, anyway -- Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.
    • Yes. There is no doubt there are others in the Hall who enhanced their performances with chemicals. How far should we go to enforce a phony purity on the game?
    • No. A-Rod has shamed himself and besmirched the game.

Yankees’ star Alex Rodriguez is being suspended from Major League Baseball through the 2014 season — reportedly the longest non-lifetime suspension in baseball history -- for violating the MLB’s drug policy.  (He can play while he appeals, however.) He’s told others he deserves a lighter sentence. Some argue he still deserves a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame because he’s still a great player in a steroid era. After all, Willie Mays used amphetamines, they argue. Others say that letting him into the Hall would only encourage other players to use steroids. What’s your view?


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