The Hall of Isolation

Updated: August 5, 2010, 11:06 AM ET
By Buster Olney

Mark McGwire is the first steroids-era test case for the Hall of Fame, and the slugger who hit more homers than all but Alex Rodriguez and seven other players has never polled more than 25 percent in the voting.

In some quarters, there is a presumption that time will soften the baseball writers' attitude toward the players who admittedly or knowingly used or were suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs. In some quarters, there is a presumption that the newest generations of writers will see a Hall of Fame that doesn't have a Barry Bonds or a Roger Clemens or McGwire or Rodriguez and will some day let those players gain induction.

It won't happen in our lifetimes, however, unless there is a dramatic alteration to the voting procedures.