What are we even doing here? Bonds left out of Hall of Fame, again

Larry Walker, Derek Jeter both made the Cooperstown cut

Karl Buscheck
January 21, 2020 - 3:28 pm
Bonds left out of Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter and Larry Walker electe

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Continuing one of the dumbest annual traditions in the world of sports, Barry Bonds, the owner of the most home runs in the history of MLB, has, once again, been left out of Cooperstown.

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The Giant legend drew 60.7 % of the vote, well short of the 75% threshold required for enshrinment. Derek Jeter and Larry Walker both made the cut. Jeter was one vote away from a unanimous selection.

The ongoing exclusion of Bonds, long dogged by PED allegations, in an age when PED allegations dogged scores of his colleagues, is becoming increasingly difficult to justify. The baseball landscape, since Bonds left the game, has shifted wildly, tectonically, you might say. Take this for example:

On a day when Walker, a very noteworthy left-handed slugger in his own right, gets the call, and Bonds is still left adrift, it's difficult to envision why a voter would vote NO on Barry unless there was some personal vendetta in play.

Bonds now has just two years of eligibility left.

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