Former major league outfielder Eric Byrnes says he knows of a "prominent Hall of Famer" who used performance-enhancing drugs during his career.

In an essay for Checkswing.com Byrnes drops this little bombshell:

"Disturbingly not long ago I was having dinner with a former long time Major League player that spoke about the steroid use of a prominent Hall of Famer that played the majority of his career in the 70′s and 80′s… Ha! Not like I was shocked but damn… So many members of the Hall of Fame including this character have recently spoken out and condemned guys who have had ties to performance enhancing drugs saying there is no place for “cheaters” in the HOF… I just wonder how many of the other guys in the “Hall” were actually cheaters themselves?"

PED use has been a major issue in recent Hall of Fame elections. Barry Bonds Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire are among several otherwise qualified players who have fallen far short of election to the Hall because of known or suspected PED use.