Originally written on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 1/9/13

Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants during 9-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at SBC Park on Thursday, June 24, 2004 Photo via Newscom

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This was the Hall of Fame ballot that all MLB players and fans were waiting on. This was the year that Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens were up for election into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. These three have either admitted or believed to have used player enhancing drugs during the “steroid era” in Major League Baseball. For a player to be elected into the Hall of Fame he must receive 75 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. According to MLB.com Bonds received 36.2 percent of the vote. Sosa got 12.5 percent and Clemens had 37.6 percent of votes. Steroids are a major hot button for baseball and you get to hear the writer’s take on it and how it has tarnished the game. I am not looking to take a side on this issue, but it seems with no one who used or suspected of using steroids will be getting into Cooperstown. Having no player getting in this year could be a message by the writers to the players. This is the second time in 40 years where no one got elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Other players that failed to make the cut were Craig Biggio, Curt Schilling, and Mike Piazza. Biggio was the closest by missing out an election by 39 votes. Now you have to wonder if players like Bonds, Sosa, and Clemens will ever get into Cooperstown. The writers did not vote them in this year even with the career numbers these players had while playing in the big league. Here are some of their highlights in their career. Barry Bonds is the all time home run leader with 762 and the only player to win the MVP seven times. For Roger Clemens, he had 354 wins and is the only pitcher to have won the Cy Young Award seven times. Sammy Sosa was the only player to hit 60 home runs or more in three different seasons. Mike Piazza who hit 396 home runs as a catcher and is the only catcher to have hit that many home runs. Time will only tell if these players that admitted to steroid use or believe to have used them will ever get into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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