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‘No One’ Elected to 2013 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame

National Baseball Hall of Fame Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to take a moment to introduce to you the newest inductees into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame:

Nobody.

Yes, that’s correct. Not since 1996 has the Baseball Writers’ Association of America voted to elevate absolutely no one to the hallowed halls of the game’s most prestigious institution. On paper, there were plenty of qualified candidates, most notably former superstars/current sad sacks Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who became eligible for the first time this year.

Nevertheless, in their cases not enough time has passed for baseball’s press—and the public in general—to forgive them for sins committed during the notorious Steroid Era (they tell us this Era is over; pardon us while we roll our eyes).

Barry Bonds hit more home runs than any other player in history and Roger Clemens won a record seven Cy Young awards. Yet both have earned the dreaded “cheater” tag due to steroid use–and neither of them handled those accusations with much grace, humility or public relations savvy. They came off as defensive jerks and indignant liars, and the public knows that this is how cheaters typically react to being caught.

In other words: You’re not alone, Lance Armstrong.

Nor were Clemens and Bonds this year’s only black sheep: Steroid Era poster boys Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire were, once again, denied entry to the Hall, and they should probably abandon all hope of ever making the cut.

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Roger Clemens’ New PR Counsel: Levick Strategic Communications

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Its been a long road for star baseball pitcher Roger Clemens since his poor performance at a congressional hearing on steroid use in baseball 15 months ago. Now, the Daily News reports, Clemens is onto his third PR counselor, Levick Strategic Communications SVP Gene Grabowski.

Grabowski told ESPN yesterday that he knew Clemens was not lying when he told him he never used steroids because he “looked him in the eye.” The Levick SVP certainly has been busy lately, handling the Michael Phelps‘ bong mishap, Alex Rodriguez‘s steroid scandal, and KFC’s “ill-fated grilled chicken launch.”

Deadspin has more. Of course, there is always an ulterior motive. Clemens and his team feel the need to counter press around the release of a new book (written by four Daily News writers) titled, “American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America’s Pastime.” Ouch.

Needless to say, the Daily News writers are not impressed with the new spin. Wrote columnist Mike Lupica, “…once you get Clemens off his talking points, almost everything becomes a brain buster.”

UPDATE: Levick did not handle work for Rodriguez, Phelps or KFC, but rather was called to comment on them by the press. Also, in a comment to a post on Peter Himler‘s blog, The Flack, Grabowski wrote, “I know, the Mike and Mike [ESPN] segment I did is somewhat controversial. But sometimes these roles are thrust upon us, as you know. I try to do whatever it takes to help my clients. In this case, it meant going to bat for him on a national sports talk show.”