By Lewis Gould
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens didn’t make the Hall of Fame last night.
There were 16 voters and Bonds and Clemens couldn’t even collect four votes apiece.
They needed 12 votes to start working on their induction speeches. That was never going to happen.
Remember, it only takes five “no” votes or “non” votes to prevent any candidate from getting 75 percent in this 16-voter format. So what version of this committee will ever be made up of a group so open to a Bonds/Clemens induction extravaganza that there won’t even be five “no’s” in the room? Hard to imagine.
It means the all-time Cy Young Award king (Clemens) will be missing from this Hall of Fame.
The guy who broke Roger Maris’ exalted home run record (Mark McGwire)? No plaque for him.
The man with more 60-homer seasons than any hitter who ever lived (Sammy Sosa, with three of them)? No plaque for him, either.