Schilling is best remembered for pitching Game 6 of 2004 American League Championship Series with a bleeding ankle after having a procedure to reattach a ruptured tendon sheath. He threw seven innings of one-run ball in a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees, and the Red Sox won again the next day to complete a comeback from a 3-0 series deficit.

Schilling's regular-season stats were very good but not spectacular. He went 216-146 with a 3.46 ERA in 20 seasons, making six All-Star appearances but never winning a Cy Young Award.

Unlike the cases of Biggio and Schilling, whose Hall of Fame fates likely will be determined by the writers' view of their stats, and the cases of Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, nearly universally viewed to have used PEDs, the fate of Piazza falls in a gray area.

The 12-time All-Star never failed a drug test and has never been fingered as a juicer, but that hasn't stopped whispers from dogging him during and after his career. The highly circumstantial case against Piazza is that he was the Los Angeles Dodgers' 62nd-round draft pick in 1988 out of a community college -- chosen as a favor to family friend Tommy Lasorda, then the Dodgers' manager -- before he morphed into arguably the best slugging catcher of all time.

Piazza hit 396 home runs as a catcher, the most in history. During a 16-year career spent primarily with the Dodgers and New York Mets, he wound up with 427 homers, also a record for a player who primarily played catcher. He finished with a .309 batting average, a .377 on-base percentage and a .545 slugging percentage.

Among the Hall of Fame ballot holdovers, Morris is the most likely to gain election. He wound up with 66.7 percent of the vote last year in his 13th year on the ballot. If he fails to reach the 75 percent plateau this time, next year will be his final attempt.

Morris was the winningest pitcher in the 1980s, going 162-119 for the Detroit Tigers during that decade. He wound up his 18-year career 254-186 with a 3.90 ERA, never finishing No. 1 or No. 2 on a Cy Young Award ballot.

Bagwell received 56 percent of the Hall of Fame vote last year, his second year of eligibility. He and Biggio were the faces of the Astros for years. Bagwell won the 1991 NL Rookie of the Year and the 1994 NL MVP, and he was a four-time All-Star. He batted .297 with a .408 on-base percentage, a .540 slugging percentage, 449 homers and 1,529 RBI in 15 major league seasons.