Back in May, I wrote that it was wrong to speculate about any player using performance-enhancing drugs without any actual evidence of that use.
That column was about Jose Bautista. It could have been about Jeff Bagwell, though I made no specific mention of him at the time.
I voted for Bagwell for the Hall of Fame this year. Many of my colleagues again will refrain, suspecting that Bagwell used PEDs. Well, mere suspicion is not enough, not if there is any fairness left in this increasingly trying process.
Do I think Bagwell used PEDs? Actually, my opinion doesn't matter. Bagwell never has admitted to PED use. He never has tested positive to public knowledge. He never has been the subject of a government investigation.
When voting, one should only consider the facts at hand. If Bagwell is later revealed to have been a user, maybe I will stop voting for him, if he isn't already in the Hall. There is little doubt that he is deserving otherwise, unless you're somehow unimpressed by h...