WASHINGTON - MARCH 17: Former St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire (L) talks with Rafael Palmeiro of the Baltimore Orioles during a House Committe session investigating Major League Baseball's effort to eradicate steroid use on Capital Hill March 17, 2005 in Washington, DC. McGwire and Palmeiro were named in the Mitchell Report that was released December 13, 2007 by a committee looking into use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball and headed by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
While Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, all deservedly so, there were two former Texas Rangers who were dropped off the ballot for good after receiving less than five percent of the vote.
Kenny Rogers was a really solid pitcher, but probably not close to being a Hall of Fame pitcher, and now, he never will be as he was dropped.
His former teammate, on the other hand, has Hall of Fame credentials out the wazoo, but now will never get in as former Rangers first baseman Rafael Palmeiro received just 4.4 percent of the vote.
Palmeiro was just the fourth player in MLB history to eclipse 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, but he was linked to steroid use, denied it in front of a congressional hearing, and then later went back on his denial. He's been lumped in with the Barry Bonds' and Roger Clemens' of the world, and now his goose is cooked.
It's a shame, because Palmeiro was truly a great player with no-doubt credentials, but his mistake has cost him dearly.