I am not taking a position on whether Rice was juicing or not. The articles I read said that he got into the HOF because he was percieved as being clean. Personally, even as a former die-hard Red sox fan, I don't think Rice had a HOF career.
I don't know how you can just ignore admitted steriod use when considering HOF credentials.
BTW, I think it should have counted against Phil Neikro for being known as a spitballer. Ty Cobb was an a-hole, but that did not effect his baseball accomplsihments and Pete Rose should be in the HOF