Rox Pile’s Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Part Six
By JD Jensen
Clemens is often a debate because he has been accused of steroid use but it’s time to leave that in the past. I can understand why he hasn’t been voted in but this will be his 6th time entering the ballot. It’s time to move past his drug use.
This is a starting pitcher who got his arm to last 24 effective years in the MLB, which is something you almost never see, especially in today’s game. He has 7 Cy Young awards and even won MVP one season. He made 11 all star games, but keep in mind he didn’t make the team in 1987, one of his Cy Young winning years. Add this altogether with 4500 plus strikeouts, and you have a sure thing coming into the 2018 voting.
I get it. Bonds kicked off the steroid era in baseball and often falls into the same category as Clemens with the actual writers who vote. The bottom line is he won 4 consecutive MVP’s, broke the home run record, and became the most feared hitter in baseball history. Don’t believe me?
One stat alone should change your mind. 2558 walks, the most in MLB history. The next closest is Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, who nearly had 400 less walks in three more seasons played. And 688 of the walks were intentional, which is, by far, the most in MLB history. The next leading player is Albert Pujols, with 307, or 44.6% of what Bonds has.