For the first time since 1960, the membership of the National Baseball Hall of Fame will remain frozen.
No player on the Hall’s 2021 BBWAA ballot reached the 75 percent threshold needed for enshrinement in Cooperstown. The results of the writer’s voting were announced by Hall of Fame president Tim Mead on MLB Network on Tuesday night.
The leading vote-getter was controversial pitcher Curt Schilling, who was named on 71.1 percent of the ballots, 16 votes shy of the minimum needed for selection. Schilling was followed by all-time home run leader Barry Bonds’ (61.8 percent) and 354-game winner Roger Clemens (61.6) in the voting.
All three former All-Stars were in their ninth year of eligibility on the ballot, leaving them one more chance next winter. Players get 10 shots at enshrinement via the writers’ voting before moving on to consideration by one of the Hall’s various era-based veterans committees.
The support for Bonds and Clemens has mostly plateaued in recent seasons as the writers’ positions on players associated with the Steroid Era have become largely entrenched at a level leaving them just shy of the threshold. Last season, Clemens was named on 61 percent of the ballots, while Bonds was at 60.7.