Big Mac fights for plaque.
Steroids or not, Big Mac belongs in the Hall of Fame, because players have been using steroids since the 1970s (anecdotally). Whyd it take someone 37 years to break Roger Maris' single season record? Because its not about power alone. Its about hitting the home runs, staying healthy, getting good pitches to hit, having someone around to push you, and surviving the intense pressure of assaulting one of baseballs holiest records.
Mark McGwire did that. Mark McGwire, along with Sammy Sosa, helped save baseball from a fate that the National Hockey League is struggling with at this very moment: meaninglessness. For that feat (that and 583 home runs), combined with the fact he did nothing illegal (unlike Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Gaylord Perry, among others), Big Mac deserves to be on that plaque in Cooperstown, and no pompous media assholes are going to tell me otherwise.