I understand that induction into the HOF is an honor and not guaranteed to any baseball player but we're not talking about any baseball player, we're talking about the guy that currently holds MLB's career HR record, who had a HOF career prior to being accused of PEDS use. MLB has not removed his name from the record books, they haven't erased his stats during the PEDS years or taken away any wins the Giants accumulated during his time with them, same for Clemons, Sosa, ARod, Pettite and McGwire.
Cobb was a racist, Ruth was known to show up to games drunk, Aaron and Schmidt have both admitted to regularly using greenies so it's not like everyone inducted into the HOF had a flawless character. If MLB chooses to recognize the players accomplishments that have admitted to or were suspected of using PEDS then I don't believe the baseball writers should allow their use or suspected use of PEDS to bias their decision.
I can't imaging a HOF without Clemons, Bonds, Piazza, Bagwell, Alex Rodriguez, Sosa, McGwire, Palmiero and others who I may have missed. Schilling is right in that MLB executives, owners, coaches, players and the press all had an idea these guys were on PEDS, but they overlooked it because MLB was trying to attract the fans back after they alienated them with the strike. I remember the chase for the single season home run record interrupting regular programming so the news could provide updates. Broadcast stations did the same when Bonds was about to break Aarons record. These guys saved baseball, put it back in the national spotlight and now they are being ostracized from baseball.
I remember hearing all the arguments before ARod was linked to PEDS how there was no way he ever used PEDS, which proves that not every PEDS user looks like Bonds or the Hulk. We have no idea how many others used PEDS but just didn't have physique or the natural ability to play at the higher levels that would lead people to question their use of it. It's very possible players using PEDS have already been inducted into the HOF. We know for certain greenies users are in the HOF and continue to be inducted without question of their integrity.