Congratulations to Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina on their induction into Cooperstown. Having said that, the BBWAA once again passed over the greatest hitter and pitcher of the last few decades.
Despite Barry Bonds being the most proficient hitter in baseball history and Roger Clemens piling up seven Cy Young awards, both players haven't been able to sneak into Cooperstown due to their alleged association with performance-enhancing drugs. In 2019, they received 59.1 and 59.5 percent of the vote, respectively. That number
Barry Bonds, last three years: 53.8; 56.4%, 59.1%.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) January 22, 2019
Roger Clemens, last three years: 54.1%, 57.3%, 59,5%
Three years of eligibility left for each one.
Based on merit alone, both of these players should have been no-doubt, first-ballot Hall of Famers. With seven MVPs and 762 home runs, Bonds' exclusion is one of the most egregious miscarriages of justice in the history of the BBWAA.
My favorite Barry Bonds stat is still that he's the only member of the 400 homer/400 steal club and the only member of the 500 homer/500 steal club— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) January 22, 2019
The same goes for Clemens, arguably the best pitcher pf the late 80s and 90s. Them not being in is simply a case of the BBWAA feigning moral superiority and making an example of two of the best players ever.
Among all pitchers in MLB history, Roger Clemens ranks— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) January 22, 2019
3️⃣rd in WAR
9️⃣th in Ws
3️⃣rd in Ks
1️⃣1️⃣th in ERA+
As long as the BBWAA keeps most of these writers who are unwilling to budge on their viewpoints surrounding Bonds and Clemens, it's not looking like the two most deserving players on the ballot may not be baseball immortals.