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Baseball Hall of Fame

Posted by Betonline Team on 1/24/2017 1:06:54 AM
Baseball Hall of Fame

Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are still not in the Baseball Hall of Fame despite being the most feared pitcher and batter in the bunch.

Steroid use is the culprit, but it appears as if voters are softening and will eventually let them in. Clemens received 54.1 percent of the vote, which is up 8.9 percent from a year ago. Bonds went up 9.5 percent to 53.8 percent of the vote. Players need to be named on 75 percent of ballots to get in, and both players have five years of eligibility remaining to get in.

Only three players have failed to get into the Hall of Fame after crossing the 50 percent threshold. They are Gil Hodges, Jack Morris and Lee Smith.

But Bonds and Clemens should benefit by a host of newer writers who is coming on board to vote. They are not as inclined to hold on to old and stoic values as older writers. Also, 13 of 14 new voters included Bonds and Clemens on their ballots.

Voters are only punishing players that got caught using PEDs. A number who were suspected, including catcher Pudge Rodriguez, have gotten in.

Bonds is baseball’s all-time home run leader with 762 jacks and hit 73 in 2001. By contrast, Clemens won 354 games and won 20 or more four times. Even at age 43 with Houston, he had a 2.30 earned run average and WHIP of 1.041 although injuries limited his times on the mound.

Some voters have a “character clause” stamped in their voting, but the Hall of Fame is about inducting great players, not great men.


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