The Baseball Hall of Fame debate is exciting, especially in recent years, as players from the PED era are flooding the ballot.
At least in their early time on the ballot, the likes of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens didn't receive much love from the writers, but they are slowly but surely climbing to the 75 percent mark needed for enshrinement and will likely get in when it's all said and done.
Okay, that's fine. But if we are go to let those two players off the hook, why are we ignoring another great player that put up massive numbers?
Vladimir Guerrero is pretty much guaranteed to get into Cooperstown this year, and it's very much deserved. He's never been linked to performance-enhancers. But if Bonds and Clemens are gaining momentum, why is Gary Sheffield just under the 10 percent mark on the latest update of Ryan Thibodaux's Hall of Fame tracker?
He's basically Vlad, but was a little better offensively and came up big in the postseason more often.
While Sheffield never actually failed a test, he did admit to using PED's for a short period of time when he worked out with Barry Bonds. If that bothers you and is keeping you from using one of your 10 votes, fine.
But to those voters who are deciding to vote Bonds and Clemens, who are heavily linked to PED's, why is Sheffield getting the shaft in such a big way?
It's a crowded ballot and it's tough to fit him in there, especially with the suspicion and the fact he's clearly not at the astronomical level of Bonds. But his numbers are still outrageously good, and if played in a different era, he'd be a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer.
In the end, this isn't a rallying cry for Sheffield getting in Cooperstown, but having principals and being consistent should matter on this topic.