Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/9/13
The votes are in, and baseball’s Hall of Fame will be opening its doors to a fresh crop of players this year. However, the class of 2013 is not one that comes without controversy, as many notable “Steroid Era” players have wound up on the ballot for the first time. With Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and the like awaiting their fates, however, it would be an appropriate time to note that despite the “sins” against baseball these players might have committed, nobody is perfect. That’s on full display at Cooperstown already, with a motley crew of players from the past enshrined despite some serious character flaws. Whether accused of being racist, throwing games or just flat-out cheating, baseball’s Hall of Fame has plenty of members who could arguably fail the “character” test just as easily as anyone who did steroids. Still, they’re in the Hall, enshrined as a part of the game’s history for better or for worse. Click here to see some of the questionable characters already enshrined in the Hall of Fame >>

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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