The candidates were announced for the 2013 National Hall of Fame Ballot and besides some elite players like Mike Piazza and Barry Bonds there a number of New York Yankees eligible this year.
Don Mattingly will be on the ballot for the 13th time and Bernie Williams for just his second year lead the former Yankees who will be on the ballot. Williams last year in uniform was 2006 and his finished with .297 career average, 287 home runs, 1,257 RBIs, four Gold Gloves, five All-Star games and four World Championships. Bernie owns the post season record for RBIs (80) and ranks second all-time in home runs, total bases, runs, hits and doubles.
First timers David "Boomer" Wells (237 victories in 21 seasons), Mike Stanton (the lefty specialist who was an integral part of the 90's championship teams) and most notably Roger Clemens are part of the rookie class included this year.
Clemens' stats are second to none in 24 seasons in the Major Leagues he amassed 354 victories (ninth all-time), a record seven Cy Young Awards, one American League MVP and 4,672 strikeouts (third all-time). His name is all over the records book being in the top 10 in most pitching categories. Clemens helped teams get to the postseason 12 times, and in eight World Series starts, he was 3-0 with a 2.37 ERA.
The problem with Clemens will be his connection to the use of performance-enhancing drugs and being named in the 2007 Mitchell Report. Clemens has denied using PEDs, and it will be up to each voter to determine whether he or she believes him.
This year's list of candidates is one of the deepest in years and filled with many record holders. This will just be the beginning of many years where the writers will consider players from the "steroid era" in baseball.
The Class of 2013 will be announced on January 9, 2013 on the MLB network.
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