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The Major League Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday announced the election of three new members - Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez.

The New York Times writes that "Bagwell, a slugging first baseman for the Houston Astros, was elected on his seventh attempt, while Raines, a star leadoff man for the Montreal Expos in the 1980s, was elected on his 10th. Rodriguez, who played mostly for the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers, joined Johnny Bench as the only catchers to be elected on their first try."

They will be inducted into Cooperstown on July 30, along with former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and former team executive John Schuerholz.

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, both implicated in the use of steroids during their careers, were not elected, though they did get a majority of votes for the first time. (Three-quarters of voters have to cast their ballots in favor of a player in order to get elected.) The Times writes that "the swift election of Rodriguez — who was named as a steroid user in a book by his former teammate Jose Canseco, who said he had injected Rodriguez and others – could help the momentum of Bonds and Clemens, who have both been strongly connected to performance-enhancing drug use."
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