Baseball is full of vigorous debates.
Sabermetrics vs. traditional statistics, Ruth vs. Bonds, Yankees vs. Red Sox, the list goes on. Fans of our national pastime have plenty to argue about.
Perhaps no issue makes fans and writers' blood boil like the question of whether performance-enhancing drug users should be allowed into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Unfortunately, much of the (currently prevailing) argument for keeping dopers out of Cooperstown is based on a series of false notions, ranging from innocent misunderstandings to hypocrisy and so-called facts that are simply untrue.
In this slideshow are 10 common talking points used to rationalize keeping people like Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and (eventually) Barry Bonds out of the Hall of Fame that don't hold up under close scrutiny.
It is my hope that this piece will help to clear up some misconceptions about cheating and Cooperstown in order for both sides to engage in a more intellectually honest dialogue.