NEW YORK (AP) Cooperstown is opening its doors to three stars while continuing to turn its back on two players tainted by the steroids era.
Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez have been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame, earning the honor. Closer Trevor Hoffman and slugger Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.
Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But in a sign the writers are softening their stance, Bonds and Clemens received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in future votes.
Bagwell drew 86.2 percent and Raines got 86 percent. Rodriguez had 76 percent - just over the 75 percent needed to qualify.
Hoffman was five votes shy and Guerrero 15 short.