San Francisco Giants: Is this the Year for Barry Bonds to Get in the HOF?
By Jake Mastroianni
With just four years left on the Hall of Fame ballot, time is running out for San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds.
It has been a while since the San Francisco Giants have had anyone enter the Hall of Fame, but I think they’re getting closer with Barry Bonds.
Last year’s ballot was as crowded as any in the history of voting with the same amount of players going in as the initial class.
This year that shouldn’t be a problem with maybe only one first time player getting the nod in Mariano Rivera.
The only other player that may be guaranteed to get in this year is Edgar Martinez because it’s his last year on the ballot.
Bonds started at around 35 percent in his first year on the ballot and has seen that number go all the way up to 56.4 percent last year.
He’s still a good bit away from the 75 percent required to get in, but he’s trending in the right direction with a less crowded ballot.
Voters seem to be opening up about letting known steroids users into the Hall of Fame like Bonds and Roger Clemens.
There is growing speculation that some performance-enhancing players are already in the Hall of Fame. And if you’re going to put those players into the Hall of Fame, you have to put the best player from the generation into the Hall as well.
No one will argue the fact that Barry Bonds is one of the greatest players of all time. So once you tear down that barrier about his alleged steroid use, there is nothing preventing him from being in the Hall of Fame.
It’s time for Major League Baseball to embrace the steroid era. You’re really doing a disservice to the history of the game if you leave out players like Bonds and Clemens.
I feel like the writers now share that same mentality, and I would not be surprised to see Bonds make a big jump this time around in the Hall of Fame voting.