The Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2012 is scheduled to be announced on Monday. While every major sport’s annual class is always something that can be debated for weeks, months and years, nothing quite compares to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The can of worms that the steroid era provided the game both on and off the field had been weeded out for the most part (until Ryan Braun allegedly slipped up). The shadow that hung over the game for nearly a decade continues to hang over the Hall of Fame voting, balloting and induction process.
There are dozens and dozens of former players that had truly blessed careers from an individual statistical perspective, and they coupled that with some real team success. Household names that abused their power, took advantage of the system and cheated. They may never get in, and a strong case can be made that they never should.
That being said, here are 10 current superstars that (at the moment) have played the game cleanly, beautifully, and are locks for the Hall when their time comes.