The 2013 ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame is a moment baseball fans have been simultaneously anticipating and dreading.
Barry Bonds has 756 career home runs and holds the single-season record for homers in a season with 73. Roger Clemens has 354 wins and seven Cy Young Awards. Mike Piazza hit 396 home runs, the most ever by a catcher. Sammy Sosa has 609 homers, the eighth-highest total in baseball history.
The numbers say each of these players should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Yet allegations and suspicion of steroid use hang over this quartet. Those concerns will almost certainly keep these four names from getting enough votes in their first year of eligibility.
But based on their achievements, there is certainly a chance one or two from this foursome could get the 75 percent of the vote required for entry into the Hall of Fame. Their careers are too impressive to be dismissed because of lingering questions or grudges.
For the sake of discussion, let's set an over/under on the percentage of votes these four players will receive in their first year on the Hall of Fame ballot. Post your picks for over or under in the comments or let us know if you think we're way off.
Baseball-Reference provides us with a potential 2013 ballot. As mentioned, 75 percent is required to be inducted. Will any of the newly eligible hit that magic number this year? Will any player suspected of PED use be part of the Hall of Fame class of 2013?