Transcript for Baseball Hall of Fame Announces No New Inductees
The baseball hall of fame announced today that no one will be inducted this year. Not one of the star players suspected of cheating with stero steroids. Is the sport finally taking a different kind of stand? Abc's david kerley on how the vote went down. Reporter: It is where the names of the greats reside. Ruth. Williams. Robinson. Demaggio. But for the first time in nearly two decades, no names will be amended to the halls at cooperstown. No to pitcher roger clemens, the only seven-time cy young winner. No to barry bonds, who hit a record 71 home runs in one season. No to sammy sosa, the fifth player ever to hit more than 600 home runs. But all were suspected of using steroids or performance enhancing drugs. If there's any connection, real or imagined, to performance enhancing drugs, you are just not getting the writers' votes. Reporter: It is the country's baseball writers who vote and one of them said this was a message, loud and clear, on steroids. It follows years of trials and hearings. Let me be claire. I have never taken steroids or hgh. Reporter: The reaction was swift. Hall of fame player mike this myth said, this generation got rich. Seems there was a price to pay. But the head of the player'sdownon complained that to penalize players exonerated in legal proceedings and others never even implicated is similarly unfair. Cooperstown has always been, to me, a jubilant place that is full of joy and I don't think it will ever be that anymore because of the specter of steroids. Reporter: Clemens and bonds have 14 years of eligibility to find out whether the door to the hall will be opened to them. David kerley, abc news, washington.
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