Twitter Explodes as Baseball Hall of Fame Voters Shut out Candidates

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIJanuary 9, 2013

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Former Boston Red Sox player Roger Clemens is honored during a ceremony for the All Fenway Park Team prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 26, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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This year’s Hall of Fame vote was as anticlimactic as it could possibly be, with not a single player receiving enough votes to earn a place in Cooperstown. 

Bleacher Report shared the results of the vote, taking note of two of the game’s most productive players who have dealt with steroid-related controversies in their careers:

The writers elect no one into the Baseball HOF for the 1st time since 1996. Clemens gets 37.6% of vote, Bonds 36.2% twitter.com/BleacherReport…

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 9, 2013

Seventy-five percent is the threshold a player needs to get into the Hall of Fame, and the key issue involving this year’s vote is whether a player suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs should receive baseball’s highest individual honor. 

The voters have given their resounding answer, and many took to social media to chime in on the issue. Here are the best tweets in reaction to this year’s vote. 

 

Twitter Reaction

ESPN's Trey Wingo hints that the Hall of Fame voters' decisions may have been inspired by baseball's best hurlers:

Congrats to the HOF voters for pitching a shutout

— trey wingo (@wingoz) January 9, 2013

The San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea took note on how the writers voted on two of the poster children of the steroid era:

Sammy Sosa hit 609 homers and got 12.5 percent of the vote, first time on ballot. Mark McGwire slipped again to 16.9 percent.

— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) January 9, 2013

Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan believes that times are still changing, and the voters will eventually soften their stance on PED use:

Roger Clemens gets 37.6 percent and Barry Bonds 36.2 percent. My guess: Both of them are in by 2018.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 9, 2013

Jeff Bagwell didn't make the cut, but he was far more disappointed about his former teammate Craig Biggio falling just short, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston:

More Bagwell on Biggio not making Hall: "That's ridiculous. That doesn't make any sense. That's a travesty."

— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 9, 2013

ESPN's Robert Flores noted that Cooperstown will not be seeing much action this year:

The enshrinement ceremonies this summer should be THRILLING.#HOF

— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) January 9, 2013

The Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin reported that commissioner Bud Selig was not thrilled with the criticism of the decision:

Selig: "The idea that this somehow diminishes the Hall of Fame or baseball is ridiculous."

— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) January 9, 2013

ESPN's Mike Greenberg can understand leaving Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds out, or voting them in, but does not believe there is a logical third option:

Why would Clemens have 8 more votes than Bonds? What is the rationale for voting for one of them but not both?#MLB #HOF

— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) January 9, 2013

The Houston Chronicle's Jose de Jesus Ortiz got in touch with Clemens and found out the former fire-baller was not shocked by the decision:

Clemens just texted me what he'll tweet: "After what has been written and said over the last few years I'm not overly surprised."

— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) January 9, 2013

ESPN's Keith Law made us think back to elementary school math to decode his tweet, but he echoed a sentiment many felt regarding Aaron Sele:

The ratio of the number of votes received by Aaron Sele to the number of votes deserved by Aaron Sele is undefined

— keithlaw (@keithlaw) January 9, 2013

ESPN Stats & Info gave historical context to the decision:

The BWAA failed to elect a player to the Baseball Hall of Fame for the 1st time since 1996 and only 8th time ever. #HOF

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 9, 2013

The last word goes to legendary television host Larry King, who clearly was not happy with the way the vote turned out:

#Baseball writers' association should be ashamed that no one was elected into the #HOF #MLBHoF

— Larry King(@kingsthings) January 9, 2013