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2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Roberto Hernandez (NBHOF Library)

Roberto Hernandez ever threw a big league pitch, he was told his career was done.

Seventeen big league seasons and 326 saves later, Hernandez finds himself on the 2013 Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Shawn Green (Rich Pilling/NBHOF Library)

When Shawn Green was hitting .717 in Little League ball in Orange County, Calif., in the mid-1980s, he began to believe he would overcome the odds and make the major leagues.

But a backup plan was in place, just in case.

“If Shawn doesn’t make the majors,” his mother Judy told The Orange County Register, “he’ll just become a doctor.”

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Julio Franco (NBHOF Library)

Julio Franco broke into the major leagues as one of the most heralded prospects of the 1980s. He ended his career as the oldest player to hit a big league home run.

In between, Franco proved to be one of the most successful batters of his era. And today, Franco stands on the verge of Cooperstown as he debuts on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot.

“An MVP-type player, the kind of guy you build an infield around,” said former Cleveland Indians manager Mike Ferraro, Franco’s skipper when he became a regular with the Tribe in 1983.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Steve Finley (NBHOF Library)

At every critical career juncture, Steve Finley has to prove his baseball ability.

He never once fell short.

“He brings defense to the table, and he’s a good offensive player,” said Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn when he was Finley’s teammate with the San Diego Padres in the mid-1990s. “He’ll steal you bases, score runs, get on base a lot. All of a sudden, it’s top-of-the-line player stuff.”

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Jeff Conine (NBHOF Library)

Jeff Conine’s baseball career began as a 58th-round draft pick before taking him to All-Star Game and World Series glory.

Now, Conine stands on the precipice of history.

Conine is one of 37 players on the 2013 Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for the Class of 2013 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Conine is making his debut on the ballot.

His career took him to the game’s greatest heights, spanning three decades and two distinct eras.

Now, Roger Clemens debuts on the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot.

Clemens, who won a record seven Cy Young Awards, is one of 37 players on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for the Class of 2013 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Royce Clayton (NBHOF Library)

Royce Clayton challenged himself to be great.

And after 17 big league seasons, Clayton finds himself on the verge of joining the greatest collection of baseball players ever assembled at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Clayton is one of 37 players on the 2013 Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for the Class of 2013 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Clayton is making his debut on the ballot.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Jeff Cirillo (NBHOF Library)

Jeff Cirillo was always his own toughest critic.

But in the end, a .296 career batting average in 14 big league seasons doesn’t leave a lot to complain about.

Cirillo is one of 37 players on the 2013 Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for the Class of 2013 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Cirillo is making his debut on the ballot.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Barry Bonds (Brad Mangin/NBHOF Library)

On the baseball diamond, there was nothing Barry Bonds could not do.

The totals: 2,935 hits, a record 2,558 walks and a .444 on-base percentage. Five-hundred fourteen stolen bases, and the lone member of the 500 steal/500 home run club. Eight Gold Glove Awards in left field.

He recorded seven National League Most Valuable Player Awards – including four straight from 2001-04 – and 14 All-Star Game selections.

And a record 762 home runs.

Now, Bonds finds himself on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Craig Biggio (Michael Ponzini/NBHOF Library)

Craig Biggio’s path to big league stardom took him from high school football standout to a position change many in baseball thought was all but impossible.

Along the way, Biggio amassed seven All-Star Game selections, 3,060 hits and the admiration of fans and teammates.

Today, he stands on the brink of the game’s greatest achievement: The Hall of Fame.

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