Former MLB great and San Francisco Giants legend Barry Bonds couldn’t make the National Baseball Hall of Fame via the traditional way of BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) voting: he couldn’t gain induction in his 10 years on the ballot.
Bonds, Clemens, and Palmeiro, among five others, will have a new chance at entering the Hall.
“Ballot is out: Bonds, Clemens, Palmeiro, Schilling, Belle, McGriff, Murphy, Mattingly,” MLB insider Jon Heyman tweeted, after he had announced earlier that the Contemporary Players Era ballot for the Hall would be published today.
Ballot is out: Bonds, Clemens, Palmeiro, Schilling, Belle, McGriff, Murphy, Mattingly https://t.co/EWABGRFAOL
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 7, 2022
We Will Know In December If Bonds And Clemens Are Inducted
The Player Ballot of the Contemporary Baseball Era committee will reunite on December of 2022 to vote on who gets in and who doesn’t, and if there are inductees, they will enter the Hall in the Class of 2023.
The eight players involved didn’t make the Hall via the BBWAA for different reasons, but will now have a new shot.
The Contemporary Baseball Era Players Committee (“The Committee”) considers retired Major League Baseball players no longer eligible for election by the BBWAA whose greatest contributions came from 1980 to present era.
It consist of 16 members, most of them members of the Hall of Fame, executives, and veteran media members.
Bonds, the owner of several records including most home runs over a career (762) and a single season (73), came closest in the last voting period but didn’t make it.
This could be his last chance of being considered an immortal.