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Former Wildcat Lofton falls off Hall of Fame ballot; 2013 class comes up empty

Former Wildcat Lofton falls off Hall of Fame ballot; 2013 class comes up empty

CREATED Jan 9, 2013

Reporter: Ashley Nevel, Sports Intern

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Former MLB outfielder and University of Arizona basketball player Kenny Lofton is one of many to be denied entry to the Hall of Fame. 

The Baseball Writers' Association of America announced that all 37 members of the 2013 Cooperstown Class will not be inducted to the Hall of Fame. This is only the second time in four decades that voters haved failed to elect any candidates.

Kenny Lofton, a beloved UA basketball alumn who made a Final Four appearance in 1988, received only 18 votes despite numerous accomplishments. He played for 11 different playoff teams, was a six-time All-Star, and won four Gold Glove awards.

Lofton's omission to the Hall of Fame was not related to performance enhancing drugs. However, the empty 2013 Hall of Fame class includes steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa.

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