Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens likely are the first two names I'll check when I fill out my Hall of Fame ballot for the 2013 class. Sammy Sosa is less of a slam dunk, but I will probably vote for him, too.
I can't judge what kind of numbers these players would have posted if they hadn't allegedly taken performance-enhancing drugs. I look at the numbers Bonds and Clemens posted early in their careers, and they were great players from the day they stepped on a major-league diamond.
I'm not as sure about Sosa, but 609 lifetime homers is hard to deny. He twice led the National League in homers and RBI, and three times he led the NL in runs scored. He was an MVP. I might do what I did with Rafael Palmeiro -- not vote for Sosa in his first year of eligibility but wait for the 2014 ballot.
I've always viewed the Hall of Fame as a museum, not a club for angels and saints. When I visit Cooperstown, I want to see all the best players. That includes Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, Palmeiro and Mark McGwire. Plus, these guys aren't criminals and they're not bad people. We're not even sure if they're guilty of what they have been accused.
So they will all get my votes -- McGwire and Palmeiro already have, Bonds and Clemens this year, Sosa next year if I decide to wait. And if these guys aren't eventually elected, taking a trip to Cooperstown will seem much less inviting.