This year, brings a whole new approach as steroid guys are cleansed from the writers ballot.
Here's a brief preview, we will add to later.
The newcomers- There is only one serious candidate- Carlos Beltran. Aside from his controversial participation as a coach in the Houston sign stealing scandal, both his longevity, his peak years, and his 5 tool consistency earn him a very good chance at first ballot election. Almost all the other candidates are not even Hall of Very Good Worthy,
The holdovers- Five ballot fillers are gone. That opens up room for those that vote for 10, and brings more consideration for borderline candidates. Of all these, Scott Rolen and Todd Helton have best chances. Many will move closer to 75%. Gary Sheffield will move up the most. Conversely, Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez are stuck in Bonds' / Clemens old holding pattern, since they were suspended- caught and proved cheating
The Veterans Committee gets ... The Modern Era guys. OH NO!! That could be the return of the 4 horsemen: Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, Schilling. They join previously PED tainted Rafael Palmeiro, and Mark McGwire. OH, MY!!! Pass the cream, and the clear. They may not be included on the ballot, given their proximity to this years' vote, and even then if they are, the judging may be more severe since competing peer players will have a say.
If not included, there are plenty of other choices, others from prior elections in this group who will get a second look. Kevin Brown deserves to get in; I'll discuss this in December. He's a top 30 pitcher all time. Kenny Lofton, David Cone, and Will Clark will deserve strong consideration.