Thursday, February 22

Barry Bonds not a Hall of Fame fit, but Today’s Game Committee looms

In his 10th and final appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot, Barry Bonds fell short of receiving the necessary votes required for enshrinement in Cooperstown.

The Baseball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was the lone player to receive support from more than 75% of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America electorate on the 2022 ballot, meaning Ortiz will be inducted despite his own ties to performance-enhancing drugs.

The 66% of votes Bonds earned in 2022 marked his best showing yet, but the former Giants left fielder’s Hall of Fame fate will now be decided by a committee.

The percentage of votes Bonds received increased in each of the 10 years he was eligible for enshrinement on the writers’ ballot, but with a significant share of the electorate pledging never to support a player who purportedly used steroids, the seven-time National League Most Valuable Player and 14-time All-Star appeared destined to fall just shy.

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