Major League Baseball rode the era of steroids to recovery after the wreckage of the strike that wiped out the 1994 playoffs and World Series. Fans returned to stadiums in big numbers as Mark Maguire, Sammy Sosa and, ultimately, Barry Bonds dueled for supremacy in launching home runs, Bonds clubbing a record 73 in 2001.
Now the game rightly has turned, baseball announcing last week an expansion of its drug-testing program, human growth hormone in its sights. What was so compelling has become an embarrassment. On Wednesday, baseball writers elected no one to the Hall of Fame. First-time candidates Bonds and Roger Clemens, both linked directly to steroids, fell far short of induction, the cheering long ago having stopped.