BBWAA Doesn't Elect Any Candidates into 2013 Hall of Fame Class

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 26:  Barry Bonds #25 of the San Francisco Giants prepares to take batting practice before the start of the game with the San Diego Padres September 26, 2007 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. Tonight is Bonds' final home game as a member of the Giants.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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In what is sure to be the most-talked about and controversial Hall of Fame vote in history, no one was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013 (via BBWAA's official Twitter). 

No players elected to @baseballhall by BBWAA, for the first time since 1996. bbwaa.com

— BBWAA (@officialBBWAA) January 9, 2013

This ballot has been talked about for years as the measuring stick for players in the "Steroid Era." The class is led by Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, arguably the greatest position player and pitcher of the last 30 years. 

Due to suspicions about their careers being boosted by performance-enhancing drugs, Bonds and Clemens were denied entry into the Hall of Fame. To be inducted, a player needs 75 percent of the vote. 

The biggest surprise from this vote is that Jack Morris, who for the longest time seemed like he would be the only player to get elected, failed to garner enough support to get in. He got 66.7 percent of the vote last year, most among players not elected, and there was talk that this was his time.  He only got 67.7 percent this go round.

Instead, the Hall of Fame ceremony on July 28 will only feature Veterans Committee inductees Deacon White, Hank O'Day and Jacob Ruppert. 

Here is a look at the entire 2013 Hall of Fame ballot, which can be found on Baseball-Reference.com, with notes on the key players to make up this year's class. 

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Vote totals courtesy of BBWAA.com

Official Results For 2013 Hall of Fame

Outfielder Barry Bonds (36.2 Percent of Vote)

.298/.444/.607, 2,935 Hits, 2,227 Runs Scored, 762 HR, 1,996 RBI, 514 Stolen Bases, 7-Time NL MVP, 8-Time Gold Glove Winner

Bonds was the greatest player of his generation. He is one of the 10 greatest players in the history of Major League Baseball. His off-field transgressions made him persona non-grata to Hall of Fame voters. 

Starting Pitcher Roger Clemens (37.6 Percent)

354-184, 707 GS, 118 CG, 3.12 ERA, 4,916.2 IP, 4,672 K, 1,580 BB, 7-Time Cy Young Winner, 1986 AL MVP

The argument for the greatest starting pitcher of the last 30 years usually comes down to Clemens and Greg Maddux, who will be on the ballot for the first time next year. 

Clemens ranks third all time in strikeouts, ninth in wins and 16th in innings pitched. He is the most-decorated pitcher in history with seven Cy Young awards and is one of eight pitchers in history to win the MVP and Cy Young in the same season (1986). 

Catcher Mike Piazza (57.8 Percent)

.308/.377/.545, 2,127 Hits, 1,048 Runs Scored, 427 HR, 1,335 RBI, 1993 Rookie of the Year

Piazza is the greatest offensive catcher in the history of baseball. He hit 352 of his 427 career home runs as a catcher, one better than Carlton Fisk. He finished in the top five of MVP voting four times in his career. 

Second Baseman Craig Biggio (68.2 Percent, Leading Vote-Getter)

.281/.363/.433, 3,060 Hits, 1,844 Runs Scored, 291 HR, 1,175 RBI, 414 SB, 5-Time Silver Slugger Winner, 4-Time Gold Glove Winner

Biggio figured to be a lock this year because he broke the 3,000-hit milestone, which has traditionally been all you needed to get in. Beyond that, he was one of the best second basemen of his era. He could hit, hit for power, get on base and played strong defense. 

By the way, he also played catcher for his first four seasons before switching to second base. 

One thing that might have hurt his candidacy, unfairly, is the way his career ended. He limped to the finish with a .246/.306/.422 line in 2006 and .251/.285/.381 line in 2007. 

Starting Pitcher Curt Schilling (38.8 Percent)

216-146, 436 GS, 83 CG, 3.46 ERA, 3,261 IP, 3,116 K, 711 BB, 3-Time Runner-up for Cy Young Award

Schilling doesn't have the longevity that a pitcher like Clemens does, but his peak was so good that his candidacy is very strong. He may never get in, which is another story. His biggest problem might be that he had to have his best years when he was on the same team with Randy Johnson. 

Outfielder Sammy Sosa (12.5 Percent)

.273/.344/.534, 2,408 Hits, 1,475 Runs Scored, 609 HR, 1,667 RBI, 234 SB, 1998 NL MVP

Sosa's candidacy is an interesting one to dissect. He had an incredible peak from 1998-2002, but before and after that he was never an elite player in the game. He rarely drew walks, which is why his career on-base percentage is a rather pedestrian .344. 

Outfielder Tim Raines (52.2 Percent)

.294/.385/.425, 2,605 Hits, 1,571 Runs Scored, 170 HR, 980 RBI, 808 SB, Finished Top 10 in MVP voting three times

Raines' biggest problem, and the same problem that has befallen the next player on this list, is that he was the second-best leadoff hitter in baseball at a time when the greatest leadoff hitter in history (Rickey Henderson) played. 

Other than that, there is no real reason for Raines not to get in the Hall of Fame. 

Shortstop Alan Trammell (33.6 Percent)

.285/.352/.415, 2,365 Hits, 1,231 Runs Scored, 185 HR, 1,003 RBI, 236 SB, 4-Time Gold Glove Winner

Like Raines, Trammell's biggest problem is he had the misfortune of playing shortstop at a very high level at the time when Ozzie Smith was transforming the expectations for defense at that position. 

Plus, when you talk about a shortstop who played in the 1980s and put up a .352 on-base percentage in the American League, Trammell's offense was nothing to sneeze at. 

First Baseman Mark McGwire (16.9 Percent)

.263/.394/.588, 1,626 Hits, 1,167 Runs Scored, 583 HR, 1,414 RBI, 1987 AL Rookie of the Year, Finished in Top 10 of MVP voting five times

McGwire's case is a fascinating one to look at, because he had those incredible offensive seasons on his resume. But he also had a lot of years mixed in where he was hurt and/or played poorly. 

In 1991, he played in 154 games and hit just .201/.330/.383. In 1993-94 he played in just 74 games. He is a borderline candidate to me, with the voters clearly not liking the fact that he admitted to using steroids in his career.

First Baseman Jeff Bagwell (59.6 Percent)

.297/.408/.540, 2,314 Hits, 1,517 Runs Scored, 449 HR, 1,529 RBI, 202 SB, 1991 NL Rookie of the Year, 1994 NL MVP, 1994 Gold Glove Winner

Bagwell has gotten destroyed in these votes because some writers have decided that he has done something wrong, even though they have no evidence to support their claims. 

In a fair and just world, Bagwell would be a Hall of Famer. He was an incredible offensive first baseman, even during an era when offense was at its apex. He also played great defense at a position that doesn't demand it, but is valuable nonetheless.

Starting Pitcher Jack Morris (67.7 Percent)

254-186, 527 GS, 175 CG, 3.90 ERA, 3,824 IP, 2,478 K, 1,390 BB, Finished Top 10 in Cy Young voting seven times

Morris' candidacy really doesn't exist, but a number of people seem to create stories making you think he is better than he really was. Things like "Winningest pitcher of the 1980s" and "Don't look at stats, because he pitched to the score" get thrown around. 

Those are about as logical as the arguments used to get Jim Rice into the Hall, when people said he was the most feared hitter in the American League for a five-year stretch in the 1970s. 

His performance in the 1991 World Series Game 7 was incredible and one of the greatest games ever pitched. But his overall body of work doesn't stack up in Hall of Fame voting. 

 Relief Pitcher Lee Smith
 Designated Hitter Edgar Martinez
 First Baseman Fred McGriff
 Outfielder Larry Walker
 First Baseman Don Mattingly
 Outfielder Dale Murphy
 First Baseman Rafael Palmeiro
 Outfielder Bernie Williams
 Outfielder Kenny Lofton
 Starting Pitcher David Wells
 Outfielder Steve Finley
 First Baseman Julio Franco
 Outfielder Reggie Sanders
 Outfielder Shawn Green
 Third Baseman Jeff Cirillo
 Starting Pitcher Woody Williams
 Outfielder Rondell White
 Outfielder Ryan Klesko
 Starting Pitcher Aaron Sele
 Relief Pitcher Roberto Hernandez
 Shortstop Royce Clayton
 Outfielder Jeff Conine
 Pitcher Mike Stanton
 Catcher Sandy Alomar
 Relief Pitcher Jose Mesa
 Second Baseman Todd Walker

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