Three of the biggest names in baseball history go on trial this month in the court of baseball journalism, and all three will be found guilty of committing crimes upon the game.

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are on the ballot for the 2013 Hall of Fame. All committed similar indiscretions and all will be sentenced, though surely not equally.

Bonds will be checked off on my ballot. He cheated and he was a difficult personality, but he was a terrific all-around player and the best hitter I've ever seen. He gets my vote because keeping him out seems naive and pointless.

Clemens will be checked off, too. There is evidence he cheated. He could be difficult. But he's the most decorated pitcher of all time. Not the best, but among the best.

Sosa, however, will not get my vote. His slugging was almost entirely a creation of chemicals. Beyond his impressive homer total, he was a poor overall player.



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