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It's a Hall of Fame shutout as Biggio tops vote but no one gets to go to Cooperstown

By Mike Harrington

Just as many web sites speculated, and just like we told you here this morning, no one got elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today.

So for the first time since 1996, the Baseball Writers' Association of America pitched a shutout as no one got 75 percent of the vote. And for the first time since 1960, no living person will be elected to the Hall this summer.

You can see the complete rundown of the balloting at this link.  Craig Biggio led the way with 68.2 percent of the vote followed by Jack Morris at 67.7 and Jeff Bagwell at 59.6. Morris has just one more chance (you're removed from the ballot after 15 years).

For the record, Roger Clemens finished eighth at 37.6 and Barry Bonds ninth at 36.2. Interesting numbers for guys who would have been shoo-in guys on the first ballot were it not for PED issues.

Here's MLB.com's official story on the election, or lack thereof.

Biggio got 388 votes, 39 shy of election. Pretty wild to think a 3,000-hit guy didn't get in on the first try. Especially one with no PED suspicion. There were five blank ballots, which didn't cost anyone this year. Still, I think those are absurd. Vote or don't vote. Don't influence the results.

From the BBWAA Web site, Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said, “The standards for earning election to the Hall of Fame have been very high ever since the rules were created in 1936. We realize the challenges voters are faced with in this era. The Hall of Fame has always entrusted the exclusive voting privilege to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. We remain pleased with their role in evaluating candidates based on the criteria we provide.”

Writers have the option of providing their ballot to the BBWAA for public consumption and you can go to this link to see dozens of them.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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