NEW YORK — The baseball Hall of Fame will not be getting any bigger this year, as voters gave a strong “no thank you” to steroid-tainted stars like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds on Wednesday.
Bonds, Major League Baseball’s all-time home run leader with 762, received just 36.2 percent of the vote, while Clemens – who won a remarkable seven Cy Young Awards over his 24-year career – fared only slightly better at 37.6 percent.
Slugger Sammy Sosa, who like Bonds, Clemens and others will be forever linked to the baseball steroids scandal, received just 12.5 percent of the vote despite hitting 609 career home runs over his 19-year career.
Craig Biggio, who spent his entire 20-year career with the Houston Astros – collecting 3,060 hits in the process, came the closest with 68.2 percent, or 39 votes shy of the 75 percent needed for induction into the Hall of Fame. Pitcher Jack Morris led holdovers from last year with 67.7 percent.
Among the other first-year eligible players, pitcher Curt Schilling received 38.8 percent of the vote while catcher Mike Piazza got 57.8 percent.
This marks the second time in the past 40 years that there will be no players inducted into the Hall by the voters – the Baseball Writer’s Association of America. The continuing controversy over the use of steroids by many players in the late 1990’s is cited as a reason for the lack of inductees.
In 2014, former Atlanta Braves pitching stars Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine will be eligible for the first time.