SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – In an apparent statement on the suspected use of performance-enhancing drugs, no player has been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, following a vote by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa were among those denied entry to Cooperstown.
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 BWAA. They were appearing on the ballot for the first time and have up to 14 more years to make it into the Hall.
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.