BOSTON (CBS) — The performance-enhancing drug cloud continues to reign over baseball, as voters for the Baseball Hall of Fame did not elect any players for induction this year.
The ballot included the names of Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds for the first time. While their statistics make a case for Hall of Fame candidacy, their involvement — rumored or otherwise — with performance-enhancing drugs prevented many writers from voting for them.
Read: How Boston Writers Voted
Craig Biggio received the most votes, garnering 69 percent of the votes, 39 shy of making the Hall.
Clemens received 37.6 percent of the vote, while Bonds received 36.2 percent.
Curt Schilling, on the ballot for the first time, received 38.8 percent of the vote.
Clemens spent 24 seasons in the majors, leading the league in ERA seven times. He compiled a 354-184 record, a 3.12 ERA and 4,672 strikeouts with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros. His name has been attached to performance-enhancing drug use for years, though he was ultimately found not guilty for lying to Congress about his use of PEDs.
Bonds played in 22 MLB seasons, seven with the Pirates and 15 with the Giants. He set the single-season home run record with 73 in 2001, and he broke Hank Aaron’s record of 755 career homers in 2007, eventually finishing his career with 762 home runs.
Schilling’s regular-season numbers (216-146, 3.46 ERA) don’t stand out as Hall of Fame material, but he excelled in the postseason, going 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA and winning World Series titles in 2001 with the Diamondbacks and 2004 and 2007 with the Red Sox.
It was just the eighth time in history that no players have been elected.