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Palmeiro appeared on the ballot for the first time this year and was on just 11 percent of the ballots. Players are eligible for BBWAA consideration starting in the sixth year following their retirement and can remain on the ballot for up to 15 times.

“My attitude about it is it is a great thing that there’s a 15-year window, because I want to get as much information on the Steroids Era before I vote for anybody,” Purdy said. “In that sense, the trial was interesting _ the other players, when they came in were really interesting, apparently how easily steroids were obtainable for these guys.”

While Hall voters have observed Bonds for more than two decades, the jurors were given only a small subset of information. Because trainer Greg Anderson refused to testify, prosecutors were barred from showing the jury three additional urine tests the government alleged were positive for performance-enhancing drugs _ without Anderson’s testimony, prosecutors couldn’t authenticate the samples were taken from Bonds.

Outside the courtroom, there is far more evidence available about the slugger for Hall voters.

“For me, it didn’t really affect my thoughts about him because I always felt he was certainly under a cloud of suspicion,” Martinez said. “I was hesitant to vote for him in the first place, and this just kind of confirmed my belief, that my feelings are where they should be. If there’s anybody that has either admitted to it or where there’s a strong, strong suspicion _ particularly A-Rod, Palmeiro, McGwire _ I’m just not going to vote for them. Right or wrong, I’m not going to vote for them.”

It’s less obvious for others.

“He’s tricky. He more than any other was such a clear-cut case before he was alleged to ever have taken anything,” Quinn said. “We’re in a period of time right now where the governing view seems to be if a guy doped, he’s out, and I don’t know if this is going to change. Things like this seem to move in cycles on what the collective wisdom is.”