Boston Red Sox hero David Ortiz elected to the baseball Hall of Fame

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Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. San Francisco Giants legend Barry Bonds and former Red Sox ace Roger Clemens, two superstars dogged by rumors of using performance enhancing drugs, missed being elected in their last year of eligibility.

Ortiz will be inducted into the Hall in Cooperstown, New York, on July 24.

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There was a time when seven-time National League MVP Barry Bonds and seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens were considered sure-fire, first-ballot Hall of Famers.

But now, in their 10th year of eligibility, the two baseball legends have yet to be invited to the National Baseball Hall of Fame -- and it's far from certain they ever will be.

Bonds and Clemens were linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs through the 2007 Mitchell Report by senator-turned-baseball-investigator George Mitchell. But neither player ever failed an MLB test for steroids and Bonds only admitted to using substances he said he was told were an arthritis balm and flaxseed oil.