Baseball's storied Hall of Fame welcomed nobody in 2013.
With the taint of the steroid scandal still pervasive, voters with the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) declined to induct any player into the Hall for the first time since 1996.
While it was the eighth time the BBWAA has made no selections since the 1930s, the shutout was the clearest sign yet of how once shoe-ins into baseball's shrine of immortality are now regarded as pariahs for their alleged cheating by using banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Slugger Barry Bonds, who played for the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates, is the all-time home run leader but he received only 36.2 percent of the ballots with 75 percent necessary to enter the Hall.
Pitcher Roger Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner and member of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox among other teams, only received 37.6 percent of the ballots.
Both Bonds and Clemens were tried for perjury for supposedly lying about steroid use. However, their acquittals didn't do much to change the minds of BBWAA voters.
The player who got closest to entering the Hall of Fame was former Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio, who received 68.2 percent of the ballots cast. Biggio has over 3,000 base hits, an important prerequisite for winning induction.
Like Bonds and Clemens, this was Biggio's first year of eligibility but unlike his peers, the second baseman probably has a much better shot of getting into the Hall, at least in the short-run.
Meanwhile, there will be a ceremony in Cooperstown, New York, this summer, albeit, for three baseball figures long-deceased. The veterans committee last month inducted umpire Hank O’Day, former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert and catcher Deacon White, who all passed away decades ago.