NEW YORK -- Mark McGwire fell far short in his first try for the Hall of Fame, picked by 23.5 percent of voters while Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. easily gained baseball's highest honor.
Tarnished by accusations of steroid use, McGwire appeared on 128 of a record 545 ballots in voting released today by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Ripken was picked by 537 voters, appearing on 98.5 percent of ballots, falling just short of the record percentage of 98.84 set by Tom Seaver when he was selected on 425 of 430 ballots in 1992.
Gwynn was just behind with 532 votes, 97.6 percent, after compiling 3,141 hits and a .338 batting average during his 20-year career with the San Diego Padres.
Put aside his embarrassing performance at the congressional hearings steroids in '05 and I still don't think that McGwire deserves to be in the Hall Of Fame. The HOF should be for consistently great players and/or dominant players of their era only and McGwire was neither. Don't believe, just check his career, strictly speaking he was a home-run hitter and that's that. He wasn't great in the post-season, never won an MVP, had a lifetime .263 batting average, was at best an average first basemen defensively and didn't even get 2,000 hits in his career. So regardless of what you might thing about McGwire and steroids, based on his career alone Mark McGwire just doesn't deserve to be considered amongst baseball's best.