Baseball Hall announcement due today
NEW YORK - The votes are in, and the Baseball Hall of Fame's newest inductees will be announced today. Then again, there's a chance none of the Hall-eligible players will gain entrance into Cooperstown this year.
Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are among the players on the ballot who have been linked to steroids, either in the Mitchell Report or the Jason Grimsley affidavit. Mike Piazza is among the eligible power hitters whose statistics have been questioned because of the Steroids Era. When The Associated Press surveyed 112 eligible voters in late November, Bonds received 45 percent support among voters who expressed an opinion, Clemens 43 percent and Sosa 18 percent. Players need to be named on at least 75% of the ballots to be elected.
Craig Biggio and Curt Schilling are among the first-year eligible players expected to receive consideration for the Hall.
Since 1965, the only years the writers did not elect a candidate were when Yogi Berra topped the 1971 ballot at 67 percent and when Phil Niekro headed the 1996 ballot at 68 percent. Both were chosen the following years.
The induction ceremony is scheduled for July 28 and will include former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, umpire Hank O'Day and catcher Deacon White. All three were chosen last month by the 16-member panel considering individuals from the era before integration in 1946.