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HOF debate begins...

Rickey heads a 2009 HOF cast of suspects, just announced.

In my opinion, at cursory glance, Rickey is the only one on this list that stands out as a sure first ballot Hall of Famer.

After that, there seems to be a lot of guys who put up good numbers, but Hall of Fame? Would you be excited to be touring Cooperstown and see a shrine for Jay Bell next to Babe Ruth?

And Big Mac is dragged back into the spotlight. Is this going to be the final call for the much maligned "non-admitted" steroid user?

Just thought it would be fun to debate some of these names on a slow, foggy Bay Area day.

The 23 players on this year's Hall of Fame ballot:

• Harold Baines
• Jay Bell
• Bert Blyleven
• David Cone
• Andre Dawson
• Ron Gant
• Mark Grace
• Rickey Henderson
• Tommy John
• Don Mattingly
• Mark McGwire
• Jack Morris
• Dale Murphy
• Jesse Orosco
• Dave Parker
• Dan Plesac
• Tim Raines
• Jim Rice
• Lee Smith
• Alan Trammell
• Greg Vaughn
• Mo Vaughn
• Matt Williams

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