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2013 Baseball HOF Candidates A Mix of The Good, Bad and Ugly

The debate will reach a roar in the next month regarding the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame induction class. Among the first-timers are Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa. Their numbers are Hall-worthy, but the PED cloud surrounds all three (among others). Who should make it?

People have been talking about the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame induction class candidates for several years, often overshadowing those who have actually made it into the Hall already.

The list finally came out last week of who's eligible and the voting should be quite telling as to the the views about PEDs and their place in baseball immortality. There are some likely candidates who have no baggage, such as Craig Biggio, but until his name (among possible others) is called, the names that will get all of the attention are Bonds, Clemens and Sosa.

The list consists of 24 newcomers plus 13 returning candidates. The results will be announced Jan. 9.

The list is below. None of the controversial players will sniff the required 75 percent of the votes, in my opinion. It could be nice to see Bagwell and Biggio go in together, but Biggio is the more likely of the two.

Anyone else care to weigh in?

2013 Baseball HOF Eligible List
Sandy Alomar Jr.
Jeff Bagwell
Craig Biggio
Barry Bonds
Jeff Cirillo
Royce Clayton
Roger Clemens
Jeff Conine
Steve Finley
Julio Franco
Shawn Green
Roberto Hernandez
Ryan Klesko
Kenny Lofton
Edgar Martinez
Don Mattingly
Fred McGriff
Mark McGwire
Jose Mesa
Jack Morris
Dale Murphy
Rafael Palmeiro
Mike Piazza
Tim Raines
Reggie Sanders
Curt Schilling
Aaron Sele
Lee Smith
Sammy Sosa
Mike Stanton
Alan Trammell
Larry Walker
Todd Walker
David Wells
Rondell White
Bernie Williams