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According to Ryan Thibodaux, who serves as Twitter’s Baseball Hall of Fame tracker, Barry Bonds is expected to fall short. Bonds leads the charge at 74.2 percent, but he’s not trending in the right direction. If baseball writers want to shun Barry Bonds for taking a competitive advantage, then they should hold all HOF inductees to the same standard.
It’s almost like it’s personal.
Net gained/lost votes through 122 ballots (~30.8% of the vote):— Ryan Thibodaux (@NotMrTibbs) January 5, 2021
As you can see on the tracker, Barry Bonds hasn’t budged an inch after 122 ballots (30.8%) were cast. We can assume, based on the trend, that the former Giant will finish south of the needed 75 percent. And with one year left on the ballot–that’s a problem.
Any voter straying away from arguably the greatest baseball player ever is doing so because of steroids. At least that’s what they’ll tell us. Reality is that they probably don’t think Barry Bonds is a nice enough person. Sure, Barry wasn’t a great guy during his playing days, but current HOFers aren’t all exactly Roberto Clemente.
There’s also plenty of former players with statues in Cooperstown who have admitted to taking some type of chemical advantage during their careers.
Hank Aaron had 755 career homers and hardly anyone would argue against his induction into the Hall of Fame. Why would we? Well, according to the standards baseball writers insist Barry Bonds must live up to, he “took a competitive advantage.” To refresh your memory, Hammerin’ Hank confessed to “experimenting with greenies,” which is an old-school version of Adderall.
Should it matter?
No, it shouldn’t. Aaron was hardly alone. Many other players in the 50s and 60s were doing much of the same thing. Barry Bonds played the majority of his career through the “steroid era,” yet the writers pretend he was taking at-bats against horse jockeys.
The folks old enough to have watched the 1990s and early 2000s will always teach their kids about Barry Bonds. Baseball’s Hall of Fame has transformed itself from a collection of elite players to a Museum of Good People.
Writers should take an honest look in the mirror and recognize that Barry Bonds isn’t being held out of the HOF for “cheating.” They just don’t like the guy.
However, they still have a year to make things right. They should let him in before it’s too late.