Baseball writers, to appropriately use a baseball term, ‘balked’ at naming any new players to the sport's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, with none of the 37 eligible players drawing enough votes for a ticket to Cooperstown.
The Hall announced that none of the 37 candidates on this year’s ballot received the 75 percent of the vote required for admission.
They were all rejected by the majority of the voters.
The rejected class included first-timers:
Barry Bonds - greatest home run hitter of all time.
Roger Clemens - 354 wins, seven Cy Young Awards.
Sammy Sosa - 60 or more homers in a single season three times.
The only people to be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame next July will be former umpire Hank O’Day, former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, and 19th-century player Deacon White. All three are dead and all three were elected by the the Hall of Fame's “pre-integration committee.”
"It's only the eighth time that no player received the 75% support needed to enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and several of the voters said the results reflected the Baseball Writers Association of America's ambivalence about the sport's “steroid era.”