January 9th, 2013
02:10 PM ET

Baseball writers elect no one to Hall of Fame

For only the eighth time in their annual elections and the first time since 1996, baseball writers have elected no player to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 2013 ballot marked the first year of eligibility for several players who have been named in the probes of performance-enhancing drug use in the Major Leagues, including all-time home-run champ Barry Bonds and seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens. Several of the voters said the results were a reflection of the sport's "steroid era."

Seven-time All-Star Craig Biggio came closest to induction, getting votes on 68.2% on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballots. To get inducted into the Hall of Fame, players need votes on 75% of ballots.

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  1. Jackson

    There is hope for this world yet.

    Well done writers. You did the right thing to keep Clemens, Bonds and Sosa out.

    January 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sayer

    The beginning of the end of the Baseball HOF

    January 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anopinion2013

      This is an absurd comment!

      The writers did the correct thing and the Hall of Fame will continue on well beyond the careers of the writers, the lives of the players on the ballot and the lives of people that post silly and sensible comments on webpages!

      January 9, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • LiLa

      Why? Because they have integrity?

      January 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Victory

    Cant elect cheaters

    January 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fmrdeputy

    wonder how many guys are in who were on the 'roids before they started testing for them?

    January 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bert f.

    Bonds and Clemens will eventually get in to the baseball HOF, but not allowing them in on the first ballot sends the message that PED users better not get their hopes up to getting in as soon as they are eligible for the ballot.

    January 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eriberto Aguilar

      Hardly anyone makes it in on the first ballot. So far, this year's vote only kicks those guys down a notch to the level of "ordinary" excellent players. If they get elected in the next few years anyway, no message at all will have been sent nor received.

      Besides, Sosa doesn't belong in the HOF anyway.

      January 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. George

    Let's remember one thing about Pete Rose, when he accepted his lifetime ban, he was still eligible for the HOF under the rules of the HOF; the gutless directors amended the rules two years later to add the criterion that no person on major league baseball's ineligible list would be eligible for the HOF. By the way, the writers got it right here.

    January 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. buttset

    Baseball is a boring and its players are nothing but rich cheats

    January 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Baseball is not without its faults, however baseball is very exciting... if you know how to watch it.

      I would say most football players are juiced up, and most football AND basketball players would be in jail if it wasn't for their respective sports...

      January 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mark Packer

    Allow these players to be in the HOF. Just put a little asterisk next to their names...lol.

    January 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. slotsx

    Amphetamines would help in medium doses, alertness awareness reaction time and maybe...slight increase in muscle power for hitters. i wonder if they test for that now

    January 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BIGP

    Yooo im from cooperstown and i hate baseball!!!!

    January 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David

    Bonds, Sosa and Clemens belong in the Hall. So does Pete Rose. Get off your high horses, baseball writers. It's just a sport. a form of entertainment. Honor the best performers, no matter what.

    January 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • IslandChick

      I totally agree. Bonds was great even before the PEDS accusations. He will eventually be voted in. Roger Clemens may never make it.

      January 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tim

    In time, I believe Pete Rose will be inducted into the HOF, but he will never live to see it.

    January 9, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eriberto Aguilar

      I hope I don't live to see it either. You can't have people gambling on their own league, regardless of what team they bet on, or how much they bet. It is unacceptable. Too many sports are tainted by gambling related corruption: tennis, soccer in many countries, and we've even seen it worm its way into the NBA. No, Rose should continue to be the poster boy for zero tolerance of gambling.

      January 9, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Larry

    Just waint til next year when Maddox and Glavine make it!!!! Go Braves!!!!!

    January 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      wait, not waint?!?!

      January 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Head Hog-one

    What a joke the HOF has become! First Pete Rose and now Barry Bonds! The writers are a bunch of sanctimonious, condesending, goody two shoes that are making moral pronouncments with their ballots. Vote on the playing field and forget what or what didn't happen outside of the game itself!!

    January 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eriberto Aguilar

      Become a sportswriter and vote.

      January 9, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Namely

    Boo hoo can we get to more important stuff now.

    January 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eriberto Aguilar

      "Get to more important stuff"??? You ARE aware that reading news on the internet frees you from the constraints imposed by TV news and its linear time sequencing, aren't you? You don't have to wait with anticipation for one article to be over in the hopes that the next one is more interesting to you. You can just click on something else, and voilà: more important stuff, now.

      January 9, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
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