Rox Pile’s Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Part Seven

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DENVER - JULY 9: Right fielder Larry Walker #33 of the Colorado Rockies hits a two-run double against the San Francisco Giants during the MLB game at Coors Field on July 9, 2003 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies won 11-7. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
DENVER - JULY 9: Right fielder Larry Walker #33 of the Colorado Rockies hits a two-run double against the San Francisco Giants during the MLB game at Coors Field on July 9, 2003 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies won 11-7. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /
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KISSIMMEE, FL – FEBRUARY 27: Roger Clemens at Houston Astros Spring Training at Osceola County Stadium on February 27, 2008 in Kissimmee, Florida. The U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Clemens committed perjury while testifying in front of the committee. (Photo by Scott A. Miller/Getty Images)
KISSIMMEE, FL – FEBRUARY 27: Roger Clemens at Houston Astros Spring Training at Osceola County Stadium on February 27, 2008 in Kissimmee, Florida. The U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Clemens committed perjury while testifying in front of the committee. (Photo by Scott A. Miller/Getty Images) /

Barry Bonds

“I just think it’s a sin he’s not in there,” Hall of Famer Willie McCovey told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle a few weeks ago. “If anybody deserved to be in the Hall of Fame, it’s Barry.”

I don’t think there is any doubt of that. First of all, Barry Bonds was voted as the Most Valuable Player seven times. Yes, you read that correctly…seven-time Most Valuable Player. No other player has won more than three times.

According to Baseball-Reference.com, Barry Bonds invented the 500-500 home run/stolen base club. Over his 22 season career, he amassed 762 home runs and 514 stolen bases. The next closest? Hall of Famer, Willie Mays with 660 home runs and 338 stolen bases. Here is a crazy statistic that shows Barry wasn’t just a (alleged) juiced-up hitter. Bonds never struck out more than 100 times in a season with the exception of his rookie year in ’86.

Roger Clemens

Growing up as a Houston Astros fan, I still remember the excitement The Rocket brought to Minute Maid Park the season he won his seventh Cy Young Award. Making the same case as Bonds and his MVP Awards, no other pitcher has won seven Cy Young Awards. The next closest was Hall of Famer, Randy Johnson, at five Cy Young Awards.

Roger Clemens is one of the only pitchers ever to win a MVP Award, by the way. Oh, his trophy collection isn’t enough of a case for you? Well, Roger Clemens pitched for 24 seasons. According to Baseball-Reference.com, he won 354 games with an ERA of 3.12 and 4672 strikeouts…which is good for 139.4 career WAR, only behind Cy Young and Walter Johnson for pitchers.

It is worth noting, the top ten leaders in wins above replacement for pitchers are in the Hall of Fame, with the exception of The Rocket.

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