Articles matching tag: Roger Clemens
- Column: Clemens & Bonds Still Outside Looking InFebruary 1, 2018
Four players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year but in their sixth year of eligibility, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will not be among the inductees on July 29. Clemens is without doubt the greatest pitcher of his generation, perhaps of all time. Ditto for Bonds as a hitter. Yet neither player was able to garner 75 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America, the minimum required for election to the Hall. Their totals this year – 57.3 percent for Clemens, 56.4 for Bonds – represent only a slight increase from last year’s numbers. With only four years of eligibility remaining, they are still a long way from enshrinement in Cooperstown.
- Column: Hall of Fame Voting Falls ShortJanuary 26, 2017
The highly anticipated and always controversial voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame is in the books for another year. Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) elected three players – Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Pudge Rodriguez – for enshrinement in the Hall’s plaque room. But it’s who wasn’t elected that drew the most attention. Barry Bonds, the greatest hitter of his generation and arguably the third greatest hitter of all time behind only Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, remains on the outside looking in. Ditto for Roger Clemens, winner of seven Cy Young awards and perhaps the greatest pitcher of all time. While both men increased their vote total substantially in their fifth year on the ballot, they still fell 20 points shy of the 75% required for election to the Hall. With five years remaining on the ballot, unless the Hall’s Board of Directors or MLB change the rules of eligibility to exclude them, it is expected that both players will take their rightful place among the all-time greats in Cooperstown.