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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Message sent: No juice in the Hall

By Wallace Matthews

Hall of Fame voters sent a strong message to Bud Selig and the stars of Major League Baseball's Steroid Era by electing no one to the Hall of Fame for the first time since 1996. First-timers Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, both strongly suspected of having juiced during their careers, finished eighth and ninth, respectively, behind top vote-getter Craig Biggio.

Biggio fell 39 votes short of election with 388.

I've had my say on this issue -- you can read my column here -- and clearly, a lot of my fellow Hall of Fame voters feel the same way, that cheaters ought not be rewarded and that if a player's numbers can't be fully trusted, he doesn't deserve a plaque in Cooperstown.

This is the outcome baseball -- owners, players and commissioner -- wrought with the decision to allow steroid abuse to run rampant in the game. Now they're reaping the consequences.

QUESTION: What do you think of the outcome of this year's Hall of Fame voting?