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NEW YORK - Mark McGwire could miss out on making the Hall of Fame because of baseball's steroids controversy, heightened by his refusal to answer specific questions before Congress, an Associated Press survey showed Thursday.
Barry Bonds would get enough support but isn't a shoo-in, based on results from 155 Hall voters polled this week among the roughly 500 eligible.
Only 65 said they would vote for McGwire when he becomes eligible in two years or were leaning that way; 52 said no or were leaning that way and 38 were undecided.
Bonds received 105 votes for election, 25 against and 25 undecideds.
Players need 75 percent of the vote to get into the Hall. McGwire got 55.6 percent support from those who gave a yes/no response, and Bonds was at 80.8 percent.
"I will not vote for Mark McGwire," Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times said. "It's obvious from his own statements he used some form of performance-enhancing drugs, and it's obvious from his statistics he did not become a Hall of Fame-type player until he did so."
There is no concrete proof McGwire or Bonds knowingly used illegal steroids. McGwire, who admitted during his career that he used legal supplements such as creatine, was accused of using steroids in a recent book by former A's teammate Jose Canseco.
According to grand jury testimony illegally leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle, Bonds admitted using a cream and a clear substance supplied by BALCO, which is being investigated for distributing steroids. Bonds reportedly said he did not know if they were steroids.
Bonds, meanwhile, returned to the San Francisco area to continue rehabilitating his surgically repaired right knee because the team believes SBC Park is better suited for him than the spring complex. The seven-time NL MVP said Tuesday he could miss half or all this season while recovering from the surgery.
"Anybody who thinks Barry Bonds is going to quit doesn't know Barry Bonds. There's no way," trainer Stan Conte said. "When somebody has a second surgery, it's a little discouraging. And that's called being a human being."
PONSON HURT IN FIGHT: Orioles right-hander Sidney Ponson says he hurt his pitching hand fending off a restaurant patron in a shoving match Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, the second time in three months he was involved in a fight. The injury was not serious. Ponson spent 11 days in an Aruban jail after a Christmas Day fight.
CUBS: A tight back kept right-hander Kerry Wood from making his first start since a tight shoulder sidelined him March 9. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said if Wood feels fine today, he will pitch a simulated game. ... Mark Prior, recovering from elbow problems, said he felt good after a bullpen session.
METS: Right-hander Kris Benson said he'll listen this morning when his wife, Anna, is a guest on Howard Stern's radio show at 7:30 a.m. (WBZZ-AM 1010 locally). Said Benson: "I'd like to check it out because she got an eye-opener last time she went on there. She has a lot of fun with it."
RANGERS: Right-handed reliever Frank Francisco went on the 15-day disabled list with a sore pitching elbow.