Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens denied trip to Hall of Fame

Greg Justice and his son Ben of Springboro, Ohio, tour the National Baseball Hall of Fame in...

Greg Justice and his son Ben of Springboro, Ohio, tour the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, July 22, 2012. Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin and Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo are scheduled to be inducted later today. (REUTERS/Adam Fenster)

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For the first time since 1996 no players have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Former Houston Astro and seven-time MLB all-star Craig Biggio came closest to garnering the needed 75% of votes, falling 39 votes shy of earning baseball's biggest honour after finishing with 68.2% of the vote.

Along with Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling and Sammy Sosa, Biggio, who eclipsed 3,000 hits in his 20-year career, appeared on the ballot for the first time in 2013.

Former Toronto Blue Jays hurler Jack Morris finished just behind Biggio with 67.7% of the vote and Biggio's former teammate, Jeff Bagwell, appeared on nearly 60% of the vote.

Wednesday's announcement was viewed as a kind of referendum on players who recently retired following baseball's steroid era.

Home run king Barry Bonds finished with 36.2% of ballots while 11-time all-star pitcher Roger Clemens finished with 37.6% of the vote.

Former L.A. Dodgers and New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza finished near the top of the 2013 list, attracting 57.8% of the vote while Curt Schilling earned 38.8%.

Former sluggers Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa finished with 16.9% and 12.5% respectively.

Although no players were elected this time around, three inductees will still be honoured in Cooperstown, N.Y., this summer.

Former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, catcher Deacon White and umpire Hank O'Day -- all deceased -- were selected by Pre-Integration Committee. The "Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays" Tom Cheek, who passed away in 2005, will be awarded the Ford C. Frick Award and Spink Award winner Paul Hagen will also be honoured.

Tom Glavine, Luis Gonzalez, Jeff Kent, Greg Maddux, Mike Mussina and Frank Thomas are among the names that will appear on the ballot for the first time in 2014.

Enshrinement will take place on July 28.

 


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