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Judgment day: Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, Piazza to find out Hall of Fame fates Tuesday

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    FILE - At left, in a June 23, 2011 file photo, former San Francisco Giants baseball player Barry Bonds leaves federal court in San Francisco. At center, in a July 14, 2011 file photo, former Major League baseball pitcher Roger Clemens leaves federal court in Washington. At right in a May 13, 2009 file photo, former baseball player Sammy Sosa attends the People En Espanol "50 Most Beautiful" gala in New York. With the cloud of steroids shrouding the candidacies of Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, baseball writers on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, might not elect anyone to the Hall of Fame for only the second time in four decades. (AP Photo/File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this July 19, 2007, file photo, San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds hits a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago. With the cloud of steroids shrouding the candidacies of Bonds, Roger Clemens and others, baseball writers on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, might not elect anyone to the Hall of Fame for only the second time in four decades. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this July 23, 2007, file photo, New York Yankees starting pitcher Roger Clemens throws against Kansas City Royals' David DeJesus in the first inning of a baseball game in Kansas City, Mo. With the cloud of steroids shrouding the candidacies of Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Clemens, baseball writers on Wednesday, Jan. 9 ,2013, might not elect anyone to the Hall of Fame for only the second time in four decades. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2004, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa hits a three-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Scott Dohmann during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Coors Field in Denver. With the cloud of steroids shrouding the candidacies of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sosa, baseball writers on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, might not elect anyone to the Hall of Fame for only the second time in four decades. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File) (The Associated Press)

There's a chance the podium under the chandeliers in the gold-and-ivory-colored Vanderbilt Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel will go unused Thursday.

With the cloud of steroids shrouding the candidacies of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and others, baseball writers may fail for the only the second time in more than four decades to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame, rendering a news conference unnecessary.

About 600 people are eligible to vote in the BBWAA election, all members of the organization for 10 consecutive years at any point. Results will be announced at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday, with the focus on first-time eligibles that include Bonds, Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mike Piazza.

Since 1965, the only years the writers failed to elect a candidate were in 1971 and 1996.

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