MLB Hall of Famers Jack Morris, Greg Maddux, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith, Frank Thomas and Alan Trammell were part of the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee that met in San Diego at the Winter Meetings to discuss the Cooperstown credentials of eight players: Fred McGriff, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Dale Murphy, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Belle, Curt Schilling, and Don Mattingly.
Former and current executives Derrick Hall (Arizona Diamondbacks), Paul Beeston (Toronto), Theo Epstein (Red Sox and Cubs), Kim Ng (Marlins), Dave St. Peter (Twins), Ken Williams (White Sox), and Angels owner Arte Moreno were part of the committee as well, as were media representatives Steve Hirdt, LaVelle Neal III, and Susan Slusser.
Those 16 people decided that McGriff was the only member of the group who deserved to be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
They also sent Bonds and Clemens a clear message: you are not going to the Hall.
“Here’s the breakdown of the HOF vote by the committee: McGriff 16; Mattingly 8; Schilling 7; Murphy 6. No one else (including Bonds and Clemens) got as many as 4 votes,” MLB insider Mark Feinsand tweeted.
Here's the breakdown of the HOF vote by the committee:
No one else (including Bonds and Clemens) got as many as 4 votes
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 5, 2022
Bonds And Clemens Couldn’t Even Crack 25 Percent
It’s shocking that two players who have a strong case to be considered the best hitter (Bonds) and pitcher (Clemens) of all time can’t even get 25 percent of the votes in a 16-person committee.
On the field, they have every reason to get in the Hall: Bonds has seven MVP awards and Clemens won seven Cy Young awards.
That tells you everything you need to know about their dominance.
However, they were both tied to the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and neither was particularly popular among their peers or the press.
Both had controversial personas, and together with the steroid allegations, it’s costing them their place among the immortals.NEXT: MLB World Reacts To The Justin Verlander News