"Obviously, no one in Cooperstown was rooting for a shutout, but we have a great respect for the process," Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said.
Michael Weiner, executive director of the players association, called the results of the balloting "unfortunate, if not sad" in a statement.
Of other former Orioles on the ballot, Lee Smith earned 47.8 percent of the vote; Curt Schilling 38.8; David Wells .09; Steve Finley .07; Jeff Conine 0; Jose Mesa 0.
Palmer, now an analyst for MASN, said he feels Bonds and Clemens "are Hall of Famers before starting whatever they did." But he said but it's possible other players could be ultimately punished because of the numbers players put up under the influence of PEDs.
"The problem is for a guy like Fred McGriff, who never had any kind of accusations and had almost 500 home runs, or Dale Murphy, their numbers pale [in comparison] and people forget how good they were," Palmer said. "That's the tragedy. But again it's the tragedy of a culture that [players union chief] Donald Fehr perpetuated from 1991 on. It wasn't like people didn't know what was going on. It wasn't like people didn't encourage it. They did. Now some people will step out and say it wasn't overtly done. But there are a lot of guys that I talked to that played in that era that say that wasn't the case. Maybe this is just a statement of what really went on. You really can't change it. But you can judge it and I think the baseball writers of America have done that. ...
"[Cal Ripken Sr.] always said, 'there are no such things as shortcuts.' Well, the shortcuts caught up with guys. The tragic thing to me is that if you didn't do it, but you played in that era, there's somewhat of an indictment. And that goes back to what the players' union wanted. They wanted this. So there you go."
As a policy, Baltimore Sun writers don't vote for the Hall or Fame or postseason awards.
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