Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling have once again been snubbed from the Baseball Hall of Fame, striking a nerve with baseball fans.
That includes OutKick’s Clay Travis, who blasted the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) for denying some of the game’s greats from getting their due respect.
“If you look at Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, even before the official start of the steroid era in baseball, those guys were Hall of Famers,” said Travis, during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday. “And not only did they reject Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who should be in the Hall of Fame, they also rejected Curt Schilling, who is 100% a Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, and he didn’t get in entirely because of his political beliefs.”
The case for Bonds and Clemens is easy: look no further than Bonds’ 762 career home runs and seven MVP awards and Clemens’ seven Cy Young awards. However, both were heavily linked to steroid use during their careers.
Heading into their 10th and final season on the voting ballot, momentum seemed to be heading towards induction, but both ultimately fell short of the required 75% voting line. Bonds raked in 66% of the vote, while Clemens garnered 65.2%.
Schilling, despite his 3,116 career strikeouts and iconic “bloody sock” moment in the 2004 ALCS, couldn’t muster even 60% of the vote in his final year on the ballot. His outspoken conservative views are largely believed to have damaged his case.
David Ortiz was the lone member elected, despite his connection to steroid use early in his career. Why he was elected in his first year of eligibility? Well, that’s a question for the BBWAA to answer.
But as Travis said, without the above trio in it, the Hall probably shouldn’t even exist.
“I think baseball got it completely wrong,” Travis said. “And if those guys aren’t in the Hall of Fame, then there really isn’t a point in having the Hall of Fame in my opinion.”
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