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Clemens, Schilling Fall Back in 2014 Hall of Fame Vote

January 8th, 2014 at 4:24 PM
By Ron Juckett

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No members of the Boston Red Sox family were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year.

The balloting, announced Wednesday, selected Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux with 97.2 percent of the vote, Braves and New York Mets—along with Mass native—Tom Glavine with 91.9 percent and Chicago White Sox-Toronto Blue Jays slugger Frank Thomas with 83.7 percent. Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio missed by two votes at 74.8 percent.

A number of Red Sox alumni were on the ballot of 36.

Old farmhand Jeff Bagwell was the only player to crack the 50 percent line taking home a 54.2 share of the vote. Roger Clemens fell in his second year of eligibility to 35.4 percent while Curt Schilling dropped from 38 to 29.2 percent.

In his 12th year, one-time Red Sox closer Lee Smith settled for 29.9 percent, leaving the veterans committee his likely best chance unless he can develop a groundswell over the next couple of years.

Dropping off the ballot were a number of players who played a cameo role with Boston.

Hideo Nomo, who tossed a no-hitter against Baltimore in 2001, drew six votes. Closer bust Eric Gagne and first baseman J.T. Snow drew two votes apiece. Sean Casey, Todd Jones and crowd favorite Mike Timlin were shut out in the voting process.

Players linked to steroid usage such as Clemens and Barry Bonds saw their voting share drop from 2013. Bonds drew less votes than Clemens at 34.7 percent. Mark McGwire’s vote share fell to 11 percent, Sammy Sosa’s fell to 7.9 percent and Rafael Palmeiro fell off next year’s ballot at 4.4 percent.

Headlining the 2015 ballot will be Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Pedro Mrtinez along with Biggio. Unless someone in the hall comes out as a performance enhancing drug user before the next holiday season, Clemens will continue to struggle to get votes.

Schilling will also not be getting the phone call next January either. His slide of nearly 10 percent of the vote caught many by surprise. Having Johnson’s name on the ballot will help a touch, but the bigger pushes to get over the threshold will be Biggio and catcher Mike Piazza. Piazza finished fifth this year with 62.2 percent.

Mike Mussina, considered similar in career numbers with Schilling, had a disappointing debut, collecting 20.3 percent of the writer’s votes.

Although Smoltz and Martinez will bring two more members of the Sox family to Cooperstown, it does not look like any of the holdovers will be joining them on stage.

Tags: Baseball, Boston, Boston Red Sox, Craig Biggio, Curt Schilling, Frank Thomas, Maddux, Mike Mussina, Mike Timlin, MLB, Roger Clemens, Tom Glavine

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