McGwire Hall Snub Bodes Ill for Bonds, Clemens

Could Bonds, Clemens face exclusion?
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2009 4:46 PM CST
A federal grand jury is looking into evidence that Roger Clemens lied to Congress about drug use.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Mark McGwire's awful showing in Hall of Fame voting—he got only 21.9% of votes this year, which is actually worse than last year and way below the required 75%—is a good sign that that fellow steroid pals Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds face long odds when they appear on the ballot four years from now, writes Bill Shaikin in the Los Angeles Times.

"How many might vote against Bonds or Clemens the first time as a vote against the steroid era?" writes Shaikin. "Each man is innocent until proven guilty, of course. But, by the time the feds are finished, this might be the question for the Hall of Fame electorate: How many might vote against Bonds or Clemens every time?"