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A Hall of Fame voters guide

The annual Off Base rite of passage for newcomers to the Cooperstown ballot

Originally Published: December 19, 2012
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

Forget all the fuss about Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa. What I want to know is whether Cleveland fans think Jose Mesa is a first-ballot Hall of Famer or if he should have to wait a year like Barry Larkin did.

Yes, Mesa is on this year's ballot, along with a staggering 23 other newcomers. Some, such as Bonds and Clemens, are among the greatest players of all time. And some … are not. An alphabetical look at all 24 players making their ballot debut in the annual Off Base ...

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