The Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) has made it so that for the first time since 1996, the eighth time in baseball hall of fame history, not a single player received the percentage necessary to be inducted to the hall of fame.
Created in 1936, the standards for induction have remained very high. Major League Baseball assures that, though no one was inducted this year, there is always hope for potential candidates in the future. They also stated that they agree with the rules of the Hall of Fame and respect the role the BBWAA plays in the decision.
There were 37 players on the ballot, 24 of them appearing there for the first time. Several of the newcomers had potential ties to performance enhancing drugs, which may have hurt their chances of being accepted into Cooperstown.
An induction ceremony will still take place at 1:30 p.m. ET on July 28 at the Clarks Sports Center in Cooperstown, NY to welcome in those elected by the Pre-Integration Committee.