'Voters Shut Out Hall of Fame Candidates'

Tyler Kepner, reporting for The New York Times:

In perhaps the most resounding referendum on the legacy of steroids in baseball, voters for the Hall of Fame rejected the candidacy of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens in voting announced Wednesday. For the first time since 1996, and the eighth time over all, no players received the necessary 75 percent of the votes from baseball writers.


The Hall of Fame will induct three new members in Cooperstown, N.Y., this summer - the umpire Hank O'Day, the owner Jacob Ruppert and a catcher, Deacon White. All three died in the 1930s and were voted in by the veterans committee in December.

For all my beefs with the BBWAA seemingly electing everyone and their grandmother in recent history, I actually find this news rather refreshing. In Bonds's case, though, I contend that he was a HOF-caliber player even before the steroids, so I'd have voted for him based on that alone. He was unquestionably the greatest player of his generation.