Despite 762 career homers, a cloud remains over MLB home run leader Barry Bonds, a cloud that may bar him from the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bonds was shutout from the HOF again this week. It was first time since 2013 no player was selected to be placed in the hallowed halls of Cooperstown, New York.
Bonds now has one more shot to get in. If he is not voted in next year, he will always be on the outside looking in.
He won’t be down about it, though. The 56-year-old Bonds says that he’s not concerned about getting into the Hall, and that these days, he’s more worried about giving back, doing things like handing out meals for families in San Bruno, California than he is about the Hall of Fame.
“I don’t ever hear about it unless someone tells me,” Bonds told reporters while at Second Harvest.
“I really don’t. I don’t track it. I don’t do any of that. All I do right now is live my life day to day. And right now, I want to do something very special for people that are in need, and that’s the most important thing.
“I’m not that important. This is way more important than the Hall of Fame right now.”
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Though he fell short in the voting, he did see a tremendous increase in voter support. This year, Bonds got his name on 61.8% of ballots, the most he’s ever earned.
The problem is he still very shy of the 75% required for induction, and one more year probably isn’t enough time to sway voters to change their minds.
Bonds was a seven-time MVP, 14-time All-Star and 12-time Silver Slugger who leads MLB in all-time homers (762) and walks (2,558).
He isn’t the only big name entering his final year of eligibility on the ballot. Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, and Sammy Sosa will also struggle to reach the Hall.
Schilling has already come out and stated he wants his name off the ballot next year.