Baseball’s all-time home run king and the most decorated pitcher likely will be shut out of the Hall of Fame in January.
A survey by The Associated Press shows that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, as well as slugger Sammy Sosa, don’t have enough votes to get into Cooperstown.
With steroid scandals still very much on the minds of longtime members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America as they cast their ballots, the trio failed to muster even 50 percent support among the 112 voters contacted by the AP – nearly one-fifth of those eligible to choose.
Candidates need 75 percent for election.
So Bonds, the only seven-time MVP, and Clemens, the only seven-time Cy Young Award winner, are likely to remain outside the Hall along with career hits leader Pete Rose, who was banned for betting on baseball as manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
“I’m not going to vote for anybody who has been tainted or associated with steroids,” said MLB.com’s Hal Bodley, the former baseball columnist for USA Today. “I’m just not going to do it. I might change down the road, but I just love the game too much. I have too much passion for the game and for what these people did to it.”
The current ballot was announced this week and votes will be cast throughout the month and results will be released Jan. 9.
METS: David Wright and New York have agreed to a $138 million, eight-year contract that would be the richest in franchise history, WFAN radio reported early Friday.
The deal would keep the All-Star third baseman under contract with the Mets through the 2020 season, when he will be 37.
CUBS: Despite recently signing two free agent pitchers, general manager Jed Hoyer is still seeking additional arms as he prepares for next week’s winter meetings.
“We’re constantly on the lookout for more depth,” the Cubs’ second-year GM said Friday. “If you think you have enough pitching, you’re always wrong.”
TESTING POSITIVE: A person familiar with the situation says the substance that caused Manny Ramirez to test positive for a banned substance last year was testosterone.
Six players were suspended earlier this year for taking prohibited substances and, in each case, the substance that triggered the positive test was announced. However, one positive test was unaccounted for and that came from Ramirez, a person familiar with the report told The Associated Press.
CALLING IT A CAREER: Former major leaguer Chan Ho Park, 39, is retiring after a career spanning nearly two decades in the United States, Japan and South Korea.
Park was the first South Korean-born player in Major League Baseball.
Park holds the MLB record for most wins by an Asian pitcher, going 124-98 with a 4.36 ERA.
He was an All-Star in 2001, when he went 15-11 with a 3.50 ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers.