ESPN’s Hall of Fame Predictions – Bonds Misses The Cut?

By Melissa Felkins

Used under Creative Commons Permission. Copyright 2006 Kevin Rushforth

If ESPN writers are any indication of how the Hall of Fame voting will go this coming Wednesday, it looks like Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, and J.T. Snow will miss the cut this year.

This is the second year of eligibility for Bonds and the first year for both Kent and Snow. The general consensus is that no Giants are likely to be elected this year, however Bonds or Kent stands the best chance. Snow has little to no chance of making it.

Based on 17 writers at ESPN, it looks like there may be at least a few players inducted this year. In 2013 there were no players inducted. Players must receive at least 75% of the votes in order to be inducted. In 2013 the top vote getter was Craig Biggio with 68.2%. He was only the only player receiving enough votes in the 2013 ESPN HOF poll. So it’s not out the question that the general voting may fall similar.

Based on this year’s poll, ESPN predicts that Craig Biggio, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, and Greg Maddux will be elected. Each of those men are first time eligible with the exception of Biggio.

ESPN predicted Bonds at 52% of the vote and Kent with 23%. Snow received no votes from ESPN writers. Personally, if I had a vote, I would vote Bonds in, as well as any other deserving steroid era player. Hopefully for Bonds, baseball can move on from the mistakes of its past soon enough and giving the deserving players their due credit. Afterall, who can really say what players were truly clean during the heyday of steroids.