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Hall of Fame ballots mailed to voters

Roger Clemens pitches during a workout with minor

Roger Clemens pitches during a workout with minor leaguers at the Houston Astros spring training facility in Kissimmee, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2008) (Credit: AP)

It's about to be judgment day for Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. Again.

Though their freedoms aren't at stake this time, their baseball immortality is. Hall of Fame ballots were mailed to voters on Monday, and Clemens and Bonds will now be thrown into the court of public opinion. Are allegations of performance-enhancing drug use enough to keep them out of the Hall? Or will their jaw-dropping career accomplishments overcome the taint of steroid charges?

Players in a similar position, like Mark McGwire, have already been given a chilly reception. But it could be different for Bonds and Clemens, who've never admitted use of PEDs and have greater career accomplishments – and were more well-rounded players – than McGwire.

Other first timers include: Antonio Alfonseca, Sandy Alomar Jr., Tony Batista, Craig Biggio, Jeff Cirillo, Royce Clayton, Jeff Conine, Steve Finley, Julio Franco, Shawn Green, Roberto Hernandez, Ryan Klesko, Steve Kline, Mike Lieberthal, Kenny Lofton, Jose Mesa, Damian Miller, Mike Myers, Mike Piazza and Reggie Sanders.

Perennial stat vs. scout lightning rod Jack Morris is in his 14th year on the ballot and stands a good chance at induction.

But why wait for the official results? Vote at newsday.com/hof for who you would elect, and see what other readers thought.

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