By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor - @JESchott19
Nobody was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, as obvious steroid users Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were kept out, as were players with no links to steroids like Craig Biggio and Curt Schilling.
Barry Bonds received 36.2 percent of the vote in his first time on the ballot. Bonds is the all-time home run leader with 752, and he hit around .300 for his career with 1,996 RBIs. He should be viewed as one of the all-time greats of the game, but there is considerable evidence of steroid use against him from BALCO in San Francisco.
Even though he beat the rap on steroids in court, the voters believe he did it, as his big power seasons were in his late 30′s. He hit 73 home runs, a record, in 2001 at the age of 36, when ballplayers usually break down.
Roger Clemens, who spent a small fortune and five years of his life, won in court against allegations of steroid use. It made no difference for him as well, as he only got 37.6 percent of the vote.
Clemens’ career numbers are superb and it is arguable he was a Hall of Famer without steroids. He won 354 games and had 4,672 strikeouts with a career ERA of 3.12.
Other suspected steroid users who have been on the ballot include Mark McGwire, who received 16.9 percent of the vote; Sammy Sosa with 12.5 percent; and Rafael Palmeiro with 8.8 percent.
Palmeiro should be treated differently in that he tested positive in 2005 under Major League Baseball testing when taking supplements was deemed illegal. The only other high-profile player to test positive under league testing is Manny Ramirez, but he will not be up for the Hall for a few years.
Craig Biggio was thought to be the one from the 1990s to make it because he has the numbers and never was linked to steroids in any way, a pure gamer. Biggio came close, with 68.2 percent of the vote, the highest of anyone on the ballot.
Biggio’s numbers are Hall-worthy, as he had a career batting average of .281, 291 home runs, and 1172 RBIs. For a second baseman in that era, when it was still a light-hitting position, these numbers are phenomenal.
Curt Schilling was thought to be another “clean” player that could make it, but he only received 38.8 percent of the vote, ironic because he wore “38″ when he played.
Schilling won 216 games in the regular season, not enough alone to make the Hall of Fame, but Schilling was possibly the best postseason pitcher of his era.
Schilling won 11 postseason games, and was co-MVP of the World Series with Randy Johnson for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001.
He pitched one of the most emotional games ever, Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS, the “bloody sock” game. It was called that because his ankle, which was stitched together, bled onto his sanitary sock throughtout the game. He had a great outing and helped the Red Sox win the game to tie the series on their way to beating the Yankees and then winning the World Series to break the Curse of the Bambino.
Schilling was hit by injuries in the rest of his tenure in Boston, but helped them win a second World Championship in 2007.
Sadly for Yankees fans, Bernie Williams and David Wells will no longer be on the Hall of Fame ballot. Williams drew 3.3 percent, and Wells received just five votes, or 0.9 percent. Players with less than five percent are automatically left off the ballot forever.