“Reasonable doubt” can be an unreasonable threshold in court. Common sense can thankfully prevail when the writers vote.
Many writers suspect that former Met and Dodger Mike Piazza — on the ballot for the first time this year — used steroids. It will be interesting to see how he fares in the voting, in which a player needs 75 percent of the ballots for induction.
As for Bonds, Sosa and Clemens, their chances look deservedly bleak. McGwire has never done better than 23.7 percent, and Palmeiro got just 12.6 percent last year.
All of them made many millions of dollars playing the game. In one sense, the cheaters prospered.
In another, we hope they never will.