I personally give very few ***** about who did or didn't use steroids, so I don't care. Jeter is and has been a very good hitter. Not the best, and I think italyprof's phrasing that "he was the best hitter in an era of inflated offensive stats... that is the reality" - while, contextually, only supposed to be read in the context of accumulating hits - is misleading. Just because he got a lot of hits doesn't make him a great hitter. Certainly I would take guys like Jim Thome, Albert Pujols, Manny Ramirez, Gary Sheffield, A-Rod, Griffey, and Chipper Jones who played most of their careers during the same general time frame ahead of Jeter from a purely offensive standpoint.
Per Fangraphs, over the course of Jeter's career only A-Rod, Chipper, and Manny have more runs created (wRC) than Jeter. Of course, most players don't overlap perfectly with Jeter; in fact, not only does Jeter lead the world in plate appearances since the beginning of 1995, only A-Rod and Damon are within 1000 of him. That's almost 2 full seasons of extra opportunities, although the ability to stay consistently healthy contributes to that and is a positive. When you look at wRC+, still an all-offensive statistic, Jeter is at 122 - good, but nowhere near great. Tied for 84th since 1995 amongst FanGraphs qualifying players, as it turns out (if I require at least 5000 PAs, it's still only tied for 44th).
All the same, 44th isn't bad at all for a SS. Sure, it's no A-Rod. But the only other SS ahead of Jeter is Nomar, and for those who do care about steroids he's a guy who likely used. As did A-Rod, of course. The problem is that, realistically, Jeter has never had any business being a shortstop - based on advanced defensive metrics, he's been showing up at the bottom of the league throughout his career. He can't move to his left to save his life.
So yeah, Jeter is and has been good, and probably belongs in the HOF. But he's certainly not an all-time great. I don't even know that I love him for the Hall, but I'm pretty sure he'll go in and he's good enough that it won't be ridiculous.
Still, his name is still printed on boxes all over Francophone world in the same spot where "disposable" shows up in the English. Seriously, look at any box of anything disposable you have with French text. "A Jeter." True story.