The Slatest

Martinez, Smoltz, Johnson, Biggio Make Hall of Fame; Piazza, Clemens, Bonds, Bagwell Snubbed Again

The great Martinez.

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The results of this year’s voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame are in, and four players are headed to Cooperstown:

  • Craig Biggio
  • Randy Johnson
  • Pedro Martinez
  • John Smoltz

Just as noteworthy in the age of steroids, though, are the seemingly qualified players who didn’t get in, whether because they’ve been the subject of plausible accusations of PED use or merely been victimized by rumors to that effect. The most prominent:

  • Jeff Bagwell
  • Barry Bonds
  • Roger Clemens
  • Mike Piazza

Piazza came closest, barely missing the 75 percent cutoff for induction with 69.9 percent of the vote.

I went to Cooperstown once with my mom and dad. There were punctuation errors on some of the players’ plaques, and it upset me.

P.S. Alan Trammell got jobbed in 1987 American League MVP voting.