Bonds, Clemens, others not voted into Hall of Fame
POSTED: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 3:43pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 7:36pm
The voters for the National Baseball Hall of Fame have spoken for this year, and the results of the election could be a surprise to many.
Steroid-tainted players Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa will not be inducted into the baseball's hall of fame....nor will any other player this year.
The hall and the Baseball Writers' Association of America says Bonds received 36.2 percent of the vote, Clemens received 37.6 and Sosa received 12.5 percent.
This marks the second time in four decades that voters have failed to elect any candidate for the Hall of Fame.
The candidate with the most votes was Craig Biggio with 68.2 percent, but was shy of the 75 percent needed.
Jeff Idelson, MLB Hall Of Fame President, said "For only the eighth time since voting began in 1936, the voting membership did not elect anyone to Cooperstown. Craig Biggio leading the pack with votes on 68 percent of the ballots cast, just 39 votes short of election."
Those not getting in also include Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Mike Piazza and Fred McGriff, and those who are removed from future ballots are Bernie Williams, Kenny Lofton, Sandy Alomar, Jr, David Wells and Roberto Hernandez, among others.
NBC'S Bob Costas said there were some factors working against them besides their steroid use.
"There's, there's always been a first ballot distinction. Even without steroids being in the discussions, some voters have made a first ballot distinction. So they will each go up next year. The question is how much. And I think next year is when you'll get a gauge, depending on how much it goes up first year to second, then you'll have a better sense of how long it's going to take them to get to 75, if they ever get to 75."