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Hall of Fame voters must shun baseball’s cheaters

I AGREE that “putting the steroid era in proper perspective is important” for baseball (“At Hall of Fame, a need for a full account of steroid era,” Editorial, Dec. 30) But suggesting that the National Baseball Hall of Fame conduct an independent investigation into the scandal and that the sportswriters who pick new inductees await its results is, in my view, unrealistic and unnecessary.

Fact finders and voting sportswriters already know that the steroids era dawned after the strike of the mid-’90s. Fans were drawn back to the ballparks to see home run records shattered by juiced players hitting juiced balls, while those entrusted with protecting the integrity of the game turned a blind eye as lost revenues were being replenished.

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