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MLB's Hall of Fame Class of 2013: The debate begins
Barry Larkin, the former Cincinnati Reds shortstop, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 22, 2012.
It's a terrific honor for Larkin, but it will undoubtedly turn a few eyes toward next summer in Cooperstown and just who might be part of the Class of 2013.
The list of former players eligible for the first time is impressive. Add up all their accolades and you'd need two Jeeps and a Humvee to haul them away. You'd need the same equipment to carry all their steroid-related baggage as well.
Here's a quick snapshot of those first-ballot candidates: Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Curt Schilling.
Other first-timers include Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio, David Wells and Kenny Lofton. They join a list of other contenders that include Jack Morris and Jeff Bagwell.
So who will get in? That's a far different question than this: Who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame?
We compiled the pros and cons for all 45 former players on the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot and ask you to analyze each and determine if they deserve induction. Call it "HOF or not?" if you wish.
Yes, many of these first-timers aren't deserving -- Jaret Wright, Aaron Sele -- so we had a hard time coming up with legitimate pros. But in the interest of fairness, we tried to find at least one positive thing for their careers, all of which lasted at least 10 years. It's up to you to decide if they did enough to get in, or even remain on the ballot. (In the real voting world, a player must receive at least 5 percent of the votes from BBWAA's electing members to stay on the ballot the next year.)