Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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BBWAA does not elect anyone to the Hall of Fame
Posted Jan 9, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jan 9, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds failed to receive enough votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to gain election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. And, neither did anyone else on the ballot.
For the first time since 1996, the BBWAA did not elect anyone to the hall of fame.
Craig Biggio came the closest to receiving the necessary 75 percent of the vote when he was named on 68.2 percent of the 569 ballots.
Clemens and Bonds, the two poster boys for the Steroids Era received less than 40 percent of the vote – Clemens at 37.6 percent and Barry Bonds 36.2 percent.
“The standards for earning election to the Hall of Fame have been very high ever since the rules were created in 1936,’ Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said. “We realize the challenges voters are faced with in this era. The Hall of Fame has always entrusted the exclusive voting privilege to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. We remain pleased with their role in evaluating candidates based on the criteria we provide.”
This the eighth time the BBWAA vote did not elect a hall of famer. The others were in 1945, 1946, 1950, 1958, 1960, 1971 and 1996.
Here is the results of the vote:
Craig Biggio 388 (68.2%), Jack Morris 385 (67.7%), Jeff Bagwell 339 (59.6%), Mike Piazza 329 (57.8%), Tim Raines 297 (52.2%), Lee Smith 272 (47.8%), Curt Schilling 221 (38.8%), Roger Clemens 214 (37.6%), Barry Bonds 206 (36.2%), Edgar Martinez 204 (35.9%), Alan Trammell 191 (33.6%), Larry Walker 123 (21.6%), Fred McGriff 118 (20.7%), Dale Murphy 106 (18.6%), Mark McGwire 96 (16.9%), Don Mattingly 75 (13.2%), Sammy Sosa 71 (12.5%), Rafael Palmeiro 50 (8.8%), Bernie Williams 19 (3.3%), Kenny Lofton 18 (3.2%), Sandy Alomar Jr. 16 (2.8%), Julio Franco 6 (1.1%), David Wells 5 (0.9%), Steve Finley 4 (0.7%), Shawn Green 2 (0.4%), Aaron Sele 1 (0.2%), Jeff Cirillo 0, Royce Clayton 0, Jeff Conine 0, Roberto Hernandez 0, Ryan Klesko 0, Jose Mesa 0, Reggie Sanders 0, Mike Stanton 0, Todd Walker 0, Rondell White 0, Woody Williams 0.