NEW YORK (AP) - Former pitching star Roger Clemens says he's "not overly surprised" that he wasn't voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today.
He and sluggers Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa failed to get the necessary votes during their first appearance on the ballot, after careers in which each of them posted Hall of Fame-quality statistics that were tainted by allegations that they used performance-enhancing drugs.
In a tweet, Clemens said the outcome was expected "after what has been written and said over the last few years." But he thanked those who, in his words, "did take the time to look at the facts."
An agent for Bonds, who hit more home runs than anyone in baseball history, said it's "unimaginable" that Bonds wouldn't be "a unanimous first-ballot selection." He calls Bonds "the best player to ever play the game."
Bonds received just 36 percent of the vote, and Clemens got 37 percent -- well short of the 75 percent necessary. Sosa, who is eighth on the career home run list, got 12 percent.
For just the second time in four decades, voters failed to give any of the candidates enough votes to get into the Hall.
By RONALD BLUM
NEW YORK (AP) - Steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa have been denied entry to baseball's Hall of Fame with voters failing to elect any candidates for only the second time in four decades.
Bonds received just 36.2 percent of the vote, Clemens 37.6 and Sosa 12.5 in totals announced Wednesday by the Hall and the Baseball Writers' Association of America. They were appearing on the ballot for the first time and have up to 14 more years to make it to Cooperstown.
Craig Biggio, 20th on the career list with 3,060 hits, topped the 37 candidates with 68.2 percent of the 569 ballots, 39 shy of the 75 percent needed. Among other first-year eligibles, Mike Piazza received 57.8 percent and Curt Schilling 38.8
Jack Morris led holdovers with 67.7 percent. He will make his final ballot appearance next year, when Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are eligible for the first time.
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