Baseball Hall of Fame Class 2012: Predicting First Known PED User to Be Inducted

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Baseball Hall of Fame Class 2012: Predicting First Known PED User to Be Inducted
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Now, things get interesting.

With the 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee being announced yesterday, we saw Barry Larkin become the sole player to enter Cooperstown on this ballot.

Next year, a slew of players that may have been first-ballot Hall of Fame inductees will be on the ballot for the first time. It marks a very interesting time in American Baseball history.

While it is evident that the current Baseball Writers of America are not willing to budge on players that have been tied to PED use, these are also the same guys that probably won't vote Greg Maddux in on his first ballot because they think he needs to "earn it."

I jest, but the point is, 2012's ballot will be filled with players that are deserving of Hall admittance based on their stats alone. What I would like to do is break down eight players who have been tied to PED's, either by implication, admission, rumor or having their name on the Mitchell Report and examine just how likely they are to be one day adorning the sacred walls of Cooperstown.

Let us begin.

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