Just a thought:
Of the active or recently-retired players who have hit 500 or more home runs, here are the names of those who have been linked in one way or another to PEDs:
Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire (and Gary Sheffield, who has 499)
Here are the names of those who have NOT been linked to PEDs: Ken Griffey Jr., Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, Frank Thomas
In other words, assuming Sheffield hits one more home run, there will be several more “historic” sluggers from this generation of players who did use PEDs than didn’t. That just hammers home the point that the greatest question may be how this entire era will be viewed by fans in the future. Sad as it is, we’re a part of a period in baseball which will almost surely be remembered more for the way its statistics were produced than for the statistics themselves.