For the first time since 1996, the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) elected no one to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The ballot consisted of many repeat players such as Jack Morris making his 14th appearance but was littered with players linked to steroids such as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.
The *home run king* received 36.2% of the votes which was well short of the required 75% to get in. Seven time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens who spent the last few years fighting the federal government and trying to prove he didn't lie under oath to Congress about taking steroids received only 37.6% of the votes. Other players linked to steroids such as Sammy Sosa 12.5%, Mark McGwire 16.9% and Rafael Palmeiro 8.8% were all left on the wrong end of the voting results….the bottom. I think the writers clearly made their point. If you are in any way linked to possible steroid use, then don't count on being in the Hall of Fame.
First time ballot member Craig Biggio received the highest percentage of votes at 68.2%. In his 20 year career, Biggio totaled over 3,000 hits, 400 stolen bases and was a five time silver slugger and four time gold glover recipient. He will eventually make it, but I believe he was a victim of the writers as five members did not cast a ballet and players such as Aaron Sele received a vote and Steve Finely received four votes. Really Aaron Sele? Are we talking about the same Sele who posted only one sub 3 ERA season which was his first and wasn't a complete season?
Don't stress out over no one being elected this year as the 2014 ballot will have first timer and ultra clean (that we know of) Greg Madux who is almost a shoe-in to be elected. The writers made their point and it was very clear. If you used or were thought to have used steroids during your playing career, don't count on making it to the Hall. Maybe Bonds and Clemens will eventually get in but they will have an up hill journey to the Hall if they ever make it.
I am fine with this thinking, but players such as Mike Piazza who were never clearly linked to roids but have been lumped in with the group that used will also face an up hill journey to the Hall. Right or wrong, this is reality as long as the same voting system remains in place. When you leave the voting up to people who all have different values, morals and thoughts about steroids, you are going to have split decisions. There is no question the home run king deserves to be in the Hall of Fame if he didn't use steroids. But considering the evidence, he probably did and for some, this is an automatic Hall snub.
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