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The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum stands as a monument to our National Pastime, with iconic bronze plaques on oak walls mesmerizing hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. 

Many may believe the Museum in Cooperstown is nothing more than a gallery of plaques.  Nothing could be further from the truth. 

The 2007 MLB season marked the final campaign for some of the biggest names of the last two decades.

Today, many of those players have taken the first step to Cooperstown by landing on the 2013 Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot.

The BBWAA released the 37-man ballot on Wednesday, and the 600-plus eligible voters have until Dec. 31 to return their ballots. The ballot consists of 24 newcomers plus 13 returning candidates.

To earn a BBWAA Hall of Fame vote, voters must be 10-year BBWAA members who are in good standing in the organization.

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Thousands of baseball fans have already used Facebook to stay connected to their heroes at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Once again this year, baseball fans can nominate their favorite broadcaster for the Hall of Fame's prestigious Ford C. Frick Award throughout September.

Hall of Fame Weekend 2011 saw the inductions of Pat Gillick, Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven. (Carter Kegelman/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The question caught Bert Blyleven off guard, but the answer was never in doubt.

Before he even left Cooperstown following his induction to the Hall of Fame, Blyleven was already planning his return trip for Hall of Fame Weekend 2012.

"Somebody asked me if I was coming back next year. Do I even need to answer?" Blyleven said. "I'm coming back every year! It has been a fantastic experience."

Larry Walker grew up playing hockey, but found his true calling on the baseball diamond. (NBHOF)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Larry Walker grew up with sticks, skates and pads as a hockey hopeful.

His sports destiny, however, landed him on the baseball diamond – and with a permanent place in the game's storied history.

Alan Trammell received a career-best 22.4 percent of the BBWAA Hall of Fame vote in 2010. (NBHOF)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – For 20 seasons, Alan Trammell was the face of the Detroit Tigers.

And during those 20 years, Trammell proved to be one of the best all-around shortstops in baseball.

B.J. Surhoff amassed 2,326 hits in 19 big league seasons. (NBHOF/Cordes)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – B.J. Surhoff began his career as the most highly thought-of amateur player in the United States.

He ended it as one of the most respected players in baseball.

Lee Smith received 47.3 percent of the BBWAA Hall of Fame vote in 2010. (NBHOF)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – At the time of his retirement, the numbers left little room for doubt.

Lee Arthur Smith – by virtue of having saved the most games in major league history – was one of baseball's greatest relief pitchers.

Today, more than 13 years after his last big league game, Smith's numbers still rank among the game's best.

Benito Santiago was named to five All-Star Games in his 20-year big league career. (NBHOF/Ponzini)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Benito Santiago began his major league career as one of the best catchers in baseball.

Almost two decades later, Santiago was still at the top of his game. Now, he is eligible for the Hall of Fame.

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