Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens Highlight 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

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Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens Highlight 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot
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Three of Major League Baseball's most well-known and controversial former stars highlight the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, which was announced on Wednesday according to The Associated Press via ESPN.com.

Headlining this year's list are Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa, who will all grace the ballot for the first time this December.

Though there are two dozen first-time candidates this year, this trio is sure to generate the most buzz and conversation this winter. Each has an astonishing resume, but each also has been involved in controversy due to performance enhancing drugs. 

Based on the small numbers of votes that other steroid-linked stars like Mark McGwire (seventh year on the ballot) and Rafael Palmeiro (third year on the ballot) have received since becoming eligible for the Hall of Fame (h/t The AP via ESPN), few expect either Bonds, Clemens or Sosa to receive enough votes to be enshrined this coming year.

Some of the other notable first-time eligible players include Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio and Curt Schilling. Overall, the 37-man ballot consists of 24 newcomers and 13 repeat candidates. 

For those who are unfamiliar, the process works as follows, according to The AP via ESPN.com:

More than 600 longtime members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will vote through next month. Candidates need 75 percent for induction, and the results will be announced Jan. 9.

The results of the election will be announced live on the MLB Network and on the Baseball Hall of Fame's website, according to BaseballHall.org's Craig Muder

The top storyline to watch for will be how many votes Bonds, Clemens and Sosa receive their first time around.

Bonds hit 762 home runs during his 22 MLB seasons, more than any other player in history, but rumored steroid use has tarnished his legacy as one of the all-time greatest hitters in baseball. 

Meanwhile, Clemens, who is also linked to steroid use, ranks ninth all-time in wins with 354 in his 24 seasons in the bigs. Sosa, like Bonds, was an amazing hitter as well, recording 609 home runs in 18 seasons, but has been linked to performance-enhancing drugs. 

Here is the full list of players on this year's ballot.

 

2013 Hall of Fame Ballot (Year on ballot)

Sandy Alomar Jr. (1st)

Jeff Bagwell (3rd)

Craig Biggio (1st)

Barry Bonds (1st)

Jeff Cirillo (1st)

Royce Clayton (1st)

Roger Clemens (1st)

Jeff Conine (1st)

Steve Finley (1st)

Julio Franco (1st)

Shawn Green (1st)

Roberto Hernandez (1st)

Ryan Klesko (1st)

Kenny Lofton (1st)

Edgar Martinez (4th)

Don Mattingly (13th)

Fred McGriff (4th)

Mark McGwire (7th)

Jose Mesa (1st)

Jack Morris (14th)

Dale Murphy (15th)

Rafael Palmeiro (3rd)

Mike Piazza (1st)

Tim Raines (6th)

Reggie Sanders (1st)

Curt Schilling (1st)

Aaron Sele (1st)

Lee Smith (11th)

Sammy Sosa (1st)

Mike Stanton (1st)

Alan Trammell (12th)

Larry Walker (3rd)

Todd Walker (1st)

David Wells (1st)

Rondell White (1st)

Bernie Williams (2nd)

Woody Williams (1st)

 

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