This year's Hall of Fame ballot looks much deeper than last year's:
One of the big stories this year is the appearance of Mark McGwire, who's serving somewhat as a litmus test for the voters as far as steroids are concerned. Four of the five voters at the Plain Dealer have already stated they won't be voting for Big Mac.
Beyond McGwire, there are two first-timers who look like slam dunks: Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken.
There's also interesting holdovers, including Alan Trammell, Bert Blyleven, and Goose Gossage. Dave Concepcion and Jim Rice have had their proponents in past elections, but may be overshadowed by this year's class of rookies.