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Juan Gonzalez drops off Hall of Fame ballot

Two-time Rangers MVP Juan Gonzalez did not receive the required five percent of the vote and will no longer appear on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.

On a day when Barry Larkin was the only player voted for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America (with 86 percent of the vote), Gonzalez received 23 votes out of the 573 ballots cast. That's four percent of the vote. It was his second year of eligibility.

Last year, Gonzalez got 30 votes out of 581 ballots. That was barely enough for the five percent needed to stay on the ballot.

Gonzalez won the AL MVP in 1996 and in 1998. The Rangers won the AL West both of those seasons. He remains the all-time club leader in homers (372), RBIs (1,180), and extra-base hits (713), in addition to slugging percentage and others, will not make the Hall of Fame.

Questions about whether or not he used performance-enhancing substances (Gonzalez denied ever using steroids in an interview with ESPN Deportes in 2010) and the fact that he was injury-plagued likely didn't help his candidacy. After his 1998 MVP season, Gonzalez only played in more than 115 games twice. He played 152 games combined in his last two seasons in Texas -- 2002 and 2003.

Gonzalez wasn't the only Ranger who appeared on the ballot this year. Rafael Palmeiro received 12.6 percent of the vote, so he'll be back on the ballot next year. But Ruben Sierra, Phil Nevin and Brian Jordan, who all wore a Rangers uniform at some point, did not receive a vote and won't be on the ballot again.