Next year, baseball's Hall of Fame ballot (for the class of 2013) shapes up as a fascinating referendum on an entire era. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza and Sammy Sosa will appear on the ballot for the first time, each dragging along hefty steroid suspicions.
This year's ballot (for the class of '12), announced Wednesday, brings no similar drama.
Thirteen candidates make their inaugural appearance, and there's no need to ponder the impact of performance-enhancing drugs. That's because none of the newcomers -- not one -- merits serious consideration.
The official press release from the Hall of Fame trumpets American League batting champions Bernie Williams and Bill Mueller. Williams hit .297 in his career and played center field on four World Series-winning teams with the Yankees.