Rafael Palmeiro Becomes First Fatality of PED Era

The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) has released the voting results for the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2014. While Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected on their first try, Rafael Palmeiro's shot at Cooperstown is virtually over. In order to remain of future ballots, a player must receive at least five percent of the vote from the previous election. Palmeiro's name appeared on just 4.4% of the ballots (25 out of 571).

Rafael Palmeiro hit 569 homeruns (12th All-Time) and collected 3,020 hits (25th All-Time). With his name falling of the ballot, Palmeiro has officially become the first member of both the 500 Homerun Club and the second member of the 3,000 Hits Club (Pete Rose was the first) that will not be inducted into the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.

Palmeiro still has an outside shot of getting in the HOF by virtue of the Veterans Committee. He will become eligible for the Veterans Committee in the year 2026.

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