Bonds & Clemens denied Hall of Fame election

Barry Bonds in action back in 2007 for the San Francisco Giants

All-time home run leader Barry Bonds and seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens have been denied election to the Baseball Hall of Fame over suspicion they used performance enhancing drugs.

No one was elected to the Hall of Fame as Craig Biggio, who stroked 3,060 hits in a 20-year career with the Houston Astros, came closest to winning election, named on 68.2 percent of the 569 ballots to fall 39 votes shy of the 427 needed for election to the Cooperstown, New York, shrine.

Bonds was named on 36.2 percent of the ballots, and Clemens 37.6, well short of the 75 percent needed for enshrinement in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

It marked the first year since 1996 that no player was elected into the Hall of Fame.

The next closest to winning election was pitcher Jack Morris, who received 385 votes and Jeff Bagwell at 339.

Mike Piazza, the all-time home run leader among catchers, was named on 329 ballots, 32 more than Tim Raines.

Former closer Lee Smith (272) and starting pitcher Curt Schilling (221) also finished above Clemens and Bonds in the voting, who stood eighth and ninth, respectively, in the balloting.