For the first time since 1996 no one was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. And the eighth time no one has been elected in the history of voting.
Clouded by steroid-use controversy, Barry Bonds 36.2% and Roger Clemens 37.6 % didn’t get in, although some are surprised that they got as many votes as they did.
With 75% of the votes needed to be elected, no one had the honor of being elected, including guys not connected to steroids.
First-timer Craig Biggio, with 68.2%, led the voting, missing by just 39 votes.
Teammate Jeff Bagwell had 57% and Alan Trammell, in his 12th year on the ballot, received 33.6%
Jack Morris, whose election is most anticipated, received 67% of the vote on his next-to-last year of eligibility. And, it seems, that his 254 victories haven’t weighed enough in the minds of the writers to get him into the hall.
With next year’s ballot to include 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, it could be even tougher to get the writers to change their minds.
Additional first-timers, Mike Piazza received 57% and Sammy Sosa received a paltry 12.5% and likely even though hitting over 600 home runs will not get elected into the Hall of Fame - EVER.
Long-time Monteal Expo, Tim Raines received 52.2 % and Phillies and Red Sox pitcher, Curt Schilling had 38%.
“I’m not surprised by not getting in with the atmosphere surrounding this year’s class, “ Roger Clemens said.
I doubt Jack Morris feels the same way.