PED-tainted Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens not elected to HOF

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are running out of time for election into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The PED-tainted former stars made only marginal gains this year in voting conducted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, with Bonds garnering 56.4 of the 75 percent required for election and Clemens coming in at 57.3 percent.

Each player had jumped nearly 10 points one year ago to 54 percent apiece following the induction of steroids-era commissioner Bud Selig.

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Chipper Jones

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ATLANTA, GA - CIRCA 1993: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves looks on from the dugout during an Major League Baseball game circa 1993 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Jones played for the Braves from 1993-2012. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Trevor Hoffman 

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24 Feb. 1996: San Diego Padres pitcher Trevor Hoffman (51) posses for a photograph during Padres team photo day at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria Arizona. (Photo By John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Jim Thome

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CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 15: Jim Thome of the Cleveland Indians reacts to hitting a two-run homer off of Seattle Mariners pitcher Chris Bosio in the sixth inning of game five of the American League Championship Series at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio 15 October. The home run gave the Indians a 3-2 lead. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read BRIAN BAHR/AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Guerrero

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4 May 1997: Right fielder Vladimir Guerrero #27 of the Montreal Expos sits in the dugout during a game against the San Diego Padres at QualComm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Expos won the game 9-3. Mandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw /Allsport

Bonds, the all-time home run king and a seven-time MVP winner, and Clemens, a 354-game winner and a seven-time Cy Young Award recipient, only have four of their 10 tries on the ballot remaining before their cases would be shifted to the Hall's various veterans committees. HOF vice chairman Joe Morgan made clear the stance of many current Hall of Famers on the steroids debate with a letter imploring voters to keep out known users in December.

Manny Ramirez, twice suspended for failing MLB-administered PED tests, Gary Sheffield and Sammy Sosa also continued to linger on the fringes of the balloting.

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