NY Times sports editor Joe Sexton tells me why they went blank for HOF: "Wayne Kamidoi, our boundary pushing art designer, came up with the idea, and Jay Schreiber, our baseball editor, saw the chance to capture the very old, very dispiriting story of steroids in baseball in a freshly powerful way. Yes, it was not a surprise that Bonds and Clemens didn't make it. But felt like history had spoken. How to convey that to our readers? I think we did it -- a striking, profound emptiness."