Jan 9, 2013, 7:08 PM EST
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Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa didn't get my vote.
Let's forgo pleasantries and cut immediately to the chase: There's no right answer to this year's Hall of Fame ballot.
Anyone who tries to tell you there's a right answer to the biggest conundrum since Cooperstown first opened its doors eight decades ago simply hasn't devoted enough time and consideration to this topic. Lord knows there are a whole lot of Hall of Fame voters plenty smarter than me who have spent days, weeks and months trying to find the right answer to this problem and have been unsuccessful. How am I to believe I'm capable of solving what they have not?
Barry Bonds. Roger Clemens. Sammy Sosa. Mike Piazza. All appeared on the ballot for the first time this year. All produced careers worthy of induction into the Hall of Fame. But all have been connected to varying degrees with steroids.
What is a voter — members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America with at least 10 consecutive years of service — to do? Place check marks next to each of those players' names based solely on their performance between the lines? Leave them out altogether
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