First of all, congrats to Griffey for his 600th home run. It's easy to feel good for him. He's an entertaining player, by all accounts a good guy, and there's no evidence thus far that he juiced. But this accomplishment, significant as it may be, has been affected by the time period when Junior played. We've become desensitized to home run milestones reached by players whose salad days were in the steroid era. Unfortunately, Griffey falls into that category.
I think the steroid era forces us to really look whether a player was really one of the best of that time and not just at arbitrary numerical milestones. Here is my list of players from the past 15 years or so who will get HOF attention, and whether I think they will be in or out. For the sake of brevity, I will not be looking at pitchers for now, only power hitters who have reached 400+ home runs. I am basing my lists on whether I believe they are the top players of their era regardless of numbers. Feel free to argue with me. In fact, I hope you will. Let me know who I'm forgetting about.
In: Ken Griffey Jr., Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Frank Thomas, Barry Bonds.
Out: Mark McGwire, Juan Gonzalez, Jim Thome, Rafael Palmiero, Gary Sheffield, Jeff Bagwell.