Bonds, Clemens rejected; no one elected to Baseball Hall

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Submitted: Wed, 01/09/2013 - 7:12pm
Updated: Wed, 01/09/2013 - 10:39pm

AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa have been denied entry to baseball’s Hall of Fame with voters failing to elect any candidates for only the second time in four decades.

Bonds received just 36.2 percent of the vote, Clemens 37.6 and Sosa 12.5 in totals announced Wednesday by the Hall and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. They were appearing on the ballot for the first time and have up to 14 more years to make it to Cooperstown.

Craig Biggio, 20th on the career list with 3,060 hits, topped the 37 candidates with 68.2 percent of the 569 ballots, 39 shy of the 75 percent needed. Among other first-year eligibles, Mike Piazza received 57.8 percent and Curt Schilling 38.8

Jack Morris led holdovers with 67.7 percent. He will make his final ballot appearance next year, when Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are eligible for the first time.

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12 Comments on "Bonds, Clemens rejected; no one elected to Baseball Hall"

2015 years 8 months ago

This goes to show what idiots they have deciding on who goes into the hall of fame. Why would anyone who loves the game of baseball issue any votes in favor of those who cheated? If they had focused their votes on those who earned their numbers, then there would have been inductees for this year. If any of those cheaters get elected into the hall of fame, I will be done with baseball for good. There is no use in watching a game when the integrity is in question. I would be better off watching pro wrestling. At least there, cheating is an accepted part of the charade.

2015 years 8 months ago

rules are rules. They did not follow them. Perhaps not as serious an issue as Pete Rose betting on games; but a serious violation just the same.

On the other hand, this will be a financial hit for Cooperstown as they generate a good bit of activity during the induction ceremony each year.

2015 years 8 months ago

Speaking of financial hits I wonder how Schilling got any votes?
He screwed the state of RI out of $75M

A snippet:

“38 Studios, formerly Green Monster Games, was an American entertainment and IP development company founded in 2006 by Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling and named for his jersey number. Originally based in Massachusetts, the company moved to Rhode Island as part of securing $75 million in loans from that state’s quasi-public Economic Development Corporation (EDC). In February 2012, the company released its only title, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, a single-player action role-playing video game for several platforms. The game got mixed reviews, some very negative and some very positive, and sold an estimated 330,000 copies in its first month.[2] 38 Studios folded a few months later. The failure of the controversial Rhode Island loan has spurred investigation by the news media and the government.”

Not as bad as drugs and gambling I guess but………..


2015 years 8 months ago

Why would you deem betting more serious an issue than drugs? That’s just twisted. How many bets that were ever made killed someone?

2015 years 8 months ago

so clearly misses the point, it is ridiculous.

What do you not understand?

Pete Rose bet on baseball games. That had the potential of altering the outcome of a game. He was the manager; he decided who played; when substitutions were made.

Players used performace enhancing drugs. They only had the potential to affect their personal performance and stats.

2015 years 8 months ago

It is not a question of drugs killing anybody in this case. Steroids give some an unfair advantage over non-steroid users. Also betting on your own game constitutes a conflict of interest. No player useing steroids or betting on games should be inducted into any hall of fame and should be benched permanently.

2015 years 8 months ago

a cigar. He understands the real issue.

You won’t see Shoeless Joe Jackson or any of the other identified “Black” Sox in the Hall either.

2015 years 8 months ago

Steroids can and have killed people. By the way, do you really believe managers/coaches did not know some of these athletes were using steroids and also “decided who played?”

2015 years 8 months ago

Didn’t Pete bet on his own team to WIN? I wouldn’t call that a conflict of interest if that was the case, as he was already doing everything he could to ensure a win.

2015 years 8 months ago

Pete Rose bet on baseball games, but ne NEVER bet on his own team. How does him betting on other games affect his team at all???

As far as Shoeless Joe goes, who had a better series than he did? He didn’t have any errors in the series and did better at the plate than any other player.

2015 years 8 months ago

there are rules in place which restrict the actions of managers and players. He chose to break the rules. When first confronted, had he issued a statement of admission, he likely would have been reinstated which would make him eligible for consideration. He chose not to at the time; his lifetime ban from baseball continues. If memory serves me, he is even limited in his activities at a ballpark. His ego apparently prevents him from bending a knee and asking the Commissioner for reinstatement. It seems to me he had to get permission from the Commissioner to be allowed to attend his son’s first pro game in the minors. End of Point.

As to Shoeless Joe, his issues stemmed from knowing about the plan to throw the series and not stepping forward at the start. Something about the morals clause in baseball.

There have been a fair number of current Hall of Famers who have spoken out against allowing the steroid users in the Hall under any circumstances.

2015 years 8 months ago

Surprised bggio did not ge in. 3000 hits and no roids