Steroids overpower Rafael Palmeiro's HOF candidacy

Rafael Palmeiro's numbers should make him a definite Hall of Famer, but his chances to enter Cooperstown's doors are obviously a long shot, writes ESPN.com's Tim Kurkjian.

An excerpt from the column:

The case for Palmeiro for the Hall of Fame is compelling, but to many voters, the case against him is just as strong. As clear as his numbers are worthy of Cooperstown, this is equally clear: There is no way he is making it into the Hall of Fame in his first year eligible, and likely he will have a difficult time making it in the maximum 15 years on the ballot. Mark McGwire was the first test case of a player who had connections to performance-enhancing drugs, and he has not received 24 percent of the vote (75 percent is needed for induction) in any of his four years on the ballot. Palmeiro has better numbers than McGwire in some categories, but, chances are, he will get a similar vote total to that of McGwire.

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What's your opinion on Palmeiro? His statistics are phenomenal, but would you vote him into the Hall of Fame on his first appearance on the ballot?