Baseball Hall of Fame 2011: Bagwell and Palmeiro Denied by Steroids?
Baseball Hall of Fame voted against Jeff Bagwell and Rafael Palmeiro in today's elections. While Palmeiro was named multiple times as a steroid user, Bagwell has repeatedly denied using performance-enhancing drugs, and has never been found to have taken them.
Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven were inducted into the Hall today, and for Alomar, it was a foregone conclusion he would be voted in today anyway. For Blyleven, he was on the ballot for the 14th year of his 15-year eligibility.
Alomar is a 10-time Gold Glove winner and made 12 All-Star appearances. Blyleven won 287 games in his 22 seasons with the Twins, Rangers, Pirates, Indians and Angels.
Blyleven earned just over 79 percent of the vote while Alomar received an even 90 percent. The minimum for election is 75 percent, and neither Bagwell nor Palmeiro neared 50 percent when the votes were tallied.
Bagwell seems to be a victim of the era in which he played, surrounded by steroid users while gaining muscle mass. It appears Hall of Fame voters are still mulling the idea of allowing PED users into the Hall, as evident by Palmeiro's snub despite 3,020 career hits and 569 home runs.
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