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Roger Clemens tweets he is not surprised by Hall of Fame result

January 09, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Roger Clemens pitched for the Yankees for six seasons.
Roger Clemens pitched for the Yankees for six seasons. (Ed Zurga / Associated Press )

Roger Clemens wasn't surprised that he wasn't voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, and used Twitter to share his thoughts on the results, which were released Wednesday morning.

"After what has been written and said over the last few years, I’m not overly surprised. Thanks to all the teams I’ve worked with and to fans and friends for all the fantastic letters, voice mails and texts of support over the last few years. To those who did take the time to look at the facts … we very much appreciate it."

No players were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year in a vote that seemed to be a response to the steroid era.

Home run king Barry Bonds was named on only 36.2% of the ballots, Clemens on 37.6%. To be elected, players needed to be named on 75% of ballots submitted by eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America.

Former Houston Astros star Craig Biggio came closest to election, falling 39 votes shorts with 68.2% of the vote. With 569 members of the writers association returning ballots, 427 votes were required to meet the 75% standard for election.

Clemens retired after the 2007 season, finishing his career with a 354-184 record and a 3.12 ERA to go along with 4,672 strikeouts (third all-time) and a record seven Cy Young Awards.


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