No one elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame

January 10, 2013

No one was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame this year for just the second time in four decades and the first time since 1996, as baseball writers denied former superstars Barry Bonds, Rogers Clemens and Sammy Sosa admission in their first year of eligibility because of the suspicions they used performance-enhancing drugs. Other former players who also failed to get enough votes Wednesday were first-time eligible Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Curt Schilling, along with holdovers Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell and Lee Smith. Biggio, 20th on the career hits list with 3,060, got the highest total at 68.2 percent, but was still shy of the 75 percent needed. Clemens, the only seven-time Cy Young Award winner who’s third on the career strikeouts list and ninth in wins, got 37.6 percent and Bonds, the only seven-time Most Valuable Player who holds the home run record with 762, got 36.2 percent, while Sosa, eighth on the career home runs list with 609, was back at 12. 5 percent.



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