2018 Hall of Fame Ballot Might Become the Biggest Challenge on the Horizon

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2018 Hall of Fame Ballot Might Become the Biggest Challenge on the Horizon
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2012 might be the last "down year" for some time.

Well, it’s been a few days since the baseball Hall of Fame announcement that no one is going in for 2013. And, by now, you’ve surely heard about how this problem won’t be going away next year, with easy-choice Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine and Mike Mussina all joining the ballot, as well as borderline case Jeff Kent. And then the year after that, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Gary Sheffield all get added on. 

The 2016 and 2017 ballots seem to relax a little from four-plus candidates per year. 2016 sees Ken Griffey Jr. and Jim Edmonds join the ballot (as well as Trevor Hoffman, depending how you feel about closers). 2017 brings Ivan Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and Vladimir Guerrero (among others) on the ballot.

But surely this onslaught of candidates will stop, right? 

Actually, based on how the offseason so far has been going, it might not.

The 2018 Cooperstown ballot might be the deepest of any of these next five, actually. It lacks a name like Maddux or Johnson at the top, true. But while it may not reach the peak that those ballots do, it definitely comes close at the top and runs just as many names deep.

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