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I am closest for Bonds and Clemens. In a way, I think that it is a privilege, not a right, for them to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. They fairly obviously cheated in my mind but it was technically not proven. Years down the road, this will be a problem in light of recent events with the Astros and Red Sox and, at least as of now, if I had a vote, they wouldn’t be in because they blatantly cheated.
Bonds and Clemens have some of their things in the Hall of Fame museum but they don’t have a plaque. However, I do believe that both (especially Bonds) were on track to the Hall before they started using. I don’t have them on my ballot because with nine players on, I would still have to leave one off. To me, it’s either neither or both so, at least for now, it’s neither.
I’m not sure if I will have them on for next year but I am closer than I was when they first got on the ballot.
None of the other first timers besides Jeter and Abreu are even close for me either and probably all of the rest will be dropped off the ballot due to the five percent rule.
The only other player is Omar Vizquel. As I described in 2018 and on the Rox Pile Rockies Report podcast yesterday, Vizquel was my favorite player growing up. However, offensively, he was well below average and frankly, his defense is a bit overrated. Therefore, he’s not a Hall of Famer to me.
In the coming days, we’ll have a few more of our mock ballots so stay tuned to see what some of the rest of us here at Rox Pile think.