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Four players voted into Hall of Fame, Barry Bonds left off

By Jacob Fagan

The Hall of Fame voting has come and gone with four new members voted in: Pedro Martinez (91.1%), Craig Biggio (82.7%), Randy Johnson (97.3%), and John Smoltz (82.9%). 75% is needed to be inducted.

Mike Piazza, (69.9), Jeff Bagwell (55.7%), Tim Raines (55%) were the closest to making it and have a good shot at making it before their 15 years are up. You can check out the full results here.

Barry Bonds received 36.8 percent of the vote and Jeff Kent got 14 percent while Jason Schmidt and Rich Aurilia didn’t receive one, so their names will leave the ballot. The last three were not expected to make the Hall of Fame, but Bonds still has a chance with 12 more years to go.

“We act as if Bonds and Clemens tried to ruin our game and everyone else on the ballot was clean. It’s time for us to wake up and knock off this absurdity” – Bob Nightengale 

Bonds took performance-enhancing drugs in a time where many players did so. They faced pitchers who were also using performance-enhancing drugs. And Bonds was still 100,000 times better than all of them. If he retired after the 99′ season, he would have over 100 WAR, an OPS+ of over 155 and be elected into the Hall of Fame. First ballot, no argument.

Nightengale states in his piece Hall of Fame hypocrisy must end:

"“Come on, this isn’t the Sistine Chapel. We’ve let murderers, racists, and abusers in the Hall of Fame. If you wanted to kick out every Hall of Fame player who ever illegally used amphetamines, you’d be able to fit the remaining players in an airplane bathroom. Check out the number of writers who adamantly won’t vote for Bonds or Clemens, but will vote for Tim Raines, the same guy who admitted to cocaine use during his career, even snorting it during games.”"

No big deal that one of the best players to ever put on a uniform is still left out of the Hall with or without using performance-enhancing drugs. As of right now, it’s the Hall of We-Still-Haven’t-Gotten-It-Right.

Or as Grant Brisbee called it: The Partial Hall of Fame