For only the second time since 1971, there were no recent retirees inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. There were 37 players, including 24 first time nominees on the Baseball Writers Association of America’s ballot. The largest number of ballots in history were cast, but no player met the qualifications. In order to reach the Hall of Fame, a player’s name must be on at least 75% of the 569 ballots. To put it plainly, Baseball Writer’s Association has snubbed all eligible 2013 Hall of Fame candidates
Notables who were not even in close proximity to the needed percentage were Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Manny Sosa. All three are part of the steroid scandal in baseball, and are doubtful to receive enough votes in any one year of their 15 years of eligibility.
The closest nominee was former Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio, with 68.2% of the vote. Next in line was former Tigers pitcher Jack Morris with 67.7%, Jeff Bagwell receiving 59.6%, and Mike Piazza with 57.8%.
Biggio seems a lock to reach the Hall of Fame next year. He spent his entire 20 year career with Houston. He was a 7 time all star who twice led the National League in runs scored. He had 3060 hits, and 291 home runs, statistics that usually guarantee entrance into the Hall.
The Hall’s Pre-Integration Committee did add 3 historic names to the list; Umpire Hank O’Day, New York Yankees owner Jacob Rupert, and 19th century player Deacon White.
Clemens and Bonds received less than 38% of the vote.
Columnist-The Guardian Express