Jeff Schultz of at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said he was “consistent with his voting philosophy” and refuses to vote for players who allegedly used PEDs unless they admitted it or were proved innocent. “I don’t believe Mark McGwire or Sammy Sosa would have had HOF credentials if they played clean,” he said. “I do believe Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens would have been Hall of Fame players without PEDs but I’m not moved to vote for either until they shed some light on their use.” Roger Clemens, a former Major League pitcher, posted Hall of Fame numbers, but his chances of getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame are diminished because of his alleged steroid use. Photo: Reuters/Brendan McDermid
In January 2004, Major League Baseball announced a new drug policy which originally included random, offseason testing and 10-day suspensions for first-time offenders, 30-days for second-time offenders, 60-days for third-time offenders, and one year for fourth-time offenders, all without pay, in an effort to curtail performance-enhancing drug use (PED) in professional baseball. This policy strengthened baseball's pre-existing ban on controlled substances , including steroids, which has been in effect since 1991.  The policy was to be reviewed in 2008, but under pressure from the . Congress , on November 15, 2005, players and owners agreed to tougher penalties; a 50-game suspension for a first offense, a 100-game suspension for a second, and a lifetime ban for a third.