Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Manny Ramirez Top 2018 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2017

Former San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds smiles on the field before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)
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The Baseball Hall of Fame and Baseball Writers' Association of America announced the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot Monday, and 2017 holdovers like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez highlighted the list.

Ryan Thibodaux shared the full ballot:

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel, Jamie Moyer and Johan Santana are on the ballot for the first time, per BBWAA.com, joining 14 players from last year's ballot.

If on-field play was the only consideration, Bonds, Clemens (both on the ballot for the sixth year) and Ramirez (second year on the ballot) would have been first-ballot Hall of Famers.

Bonds was a seven-time MVP, 14-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glover who finished his career with 762 home runs, the most in baseball history. Clemens was a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, 11-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion and the 1986 American League MVP. Ramirez was a 12-time All-Star, two-time champion and the 2004 World Series MVP who finished his career as a .312 hitter with 555 home runs.

But all three players were embroiled in the performance-enhancing drugs controversy, leaving voters to decide whether that should preclude them from earning baseball's highest honor.

Both Clemens (on 54.1 percent of ballots) and Bonds (53.8 percent) earned significant consideration last year—Ramirez was on 23.8 percent of ballots—but they still fell well short of the 75 percent-of-ballots figure they needed for induction. Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero (71.7 percent) came within five and 15 votes of induction, respectively.

As for the headlining newcomers, Jones was a career .303 hitter with 468 home runs, won the 1999 National League MVP and was an eight-time All-Star. Thome blasted 612 home runs, which ranks eighth all-time, and was a five-time All-Star. Moyer pitched for 25 seasons and won 269 games, while Vizquel offered nearly as much longevity, playing for 24 seasons and winning 11 Gold Gloves as one of the best defensive shortstops of all time. Finally, Santana was a two-time Cy Young Award winner and four-time All-Star.