Now more than ever, voters doubting Palmeiro

Will Rafael Palmeiro make it into the Hall of Fame or not? Jerry Crasnick polled 80 Hall voters to get their thoughts.

Originally Published: August 2, 2005
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
Hitting a baseball might be the toughest feat in sports, but it's no more daunting than assessing the legacy of a hitter who put up historically significant numbers with the benefit of steroids. With the possible exception of the Kenny Rogers detail, it's the most intimidating challenge that awaits a sports journalist these days.

For most writers fortunate enough to have a Hall of Fame vote, Rafael Palmeiro sure looked like a sure thing. True, he never won a batting title or led the league in homers or RBI, and he never made the All-Star team as a starter or finished higher than fifth in the Most Valuable Player voting. These are the designations that make a candidate's name jump off the ballot and give him true Cooperstown cachet.

Jerry Crasnick | email MLB Sr. Writer