Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A complete list of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame candidates

On Tuesday, the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was revealed. This year's list of candidates is especially long, due partly because nobody gained election last year, and also because the names of eligible candidates linked to performance-enhancing drugs continues to grow.

But without further adieu, here is the full list of candidates:

Moises Alou
Alan Trammel 
Larry Walker

In case you failed to notice, only one player with any connection at all to the Reds made the list, and that would be Sean "The Mayor" Casey.

So, who would you receive your vote for baseball's highest honor?

In my opinion, first-timers Maddux and Glavine are virtual locks, followed closely by Biggio, who garnered the highest vote total of any player on the ballot a year ago, and Thomas, another first-time. Also, this will be Morris' last year on the ballot, so voters might feel compelled to right him in as well. However, the crowded ballot probably doesn't help his cause.

Of course, Bonds, Clemens, Bagwell, Piazza, McGwire, Sosa, and Palmeiro each have Hall of Fame worthy credentials on paper, but each of them have been linked to PEDs at one time or another, and it remains to be seen when (or if) voters will factor that out of the equation.

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