There is no greater honor in baseball than being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Imagine for a moment, dedicating your entire life to the game of baseball and, when your body simply can't maintain the strain of the game's grueling grind, your name is enshrined among the all-time greats.
On Sunday afternoon, three of those all-time greats will be bestowed with exactly that honor, as Bert Blyleven, Roberto Alomar and Pat Gillick (as well as a number of other excellent "baseball guys") will have their plaques hung in the halls of Cooperstown.
So, with our attention being pulled towards the Hall this weekend, that got me to thinking—which of the all-time greats are next in line for the honor? Looking over the ballot, most of the popular names have all but dissipated, and a new breed of player will be introduced to the 2012 ballot.
In the following slide show, I'll be breaking down not only next year's ballot, but ballots well into the future, to see which of the eligible players will be welcomed into the halls of Cooperstown over the coming years.
*Any player with significant ties to steroids/performance enhancing drugs did not qualify for the list.