Sammy Sosa falls short of Hall again

CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Cubs star Sammy Sosa once again fell well short of making the Hall of Fame but garnered just enough votes (7 percent) to remain on the ballot next year. Players who receive less than 5 percent of the 440 total votes cast are removed from the ballot permanently.

Sosa has hovered around 7 percent since earning 12.5 percent in his first year of eligibility in 2013. He had 7.2 percent in 2014 and 6.6 last year. Sosa earned the least amount of votes of players who survived the cut. Players need to appear on 75 percent of ballots to make the Hall of Fame. Only Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were elected this year.

Sosa ranks eighth all–time in home runs but played during an era when performance enhancing drugs were prevalent. Career home run leader Barry Bonds also fell well short of making it (44.3 percent).

Former Cubs reliever Lee Smith earned 34 percent this year.