The upcoming Baseball Hall of Fame class is wide open and giving us plenty of debate, seeing as there's no shoo-in candidate behind Derek Jeter. That leaves every writer open to criticism and freelancing, and gives controversial candidates more of a leg to stand on.
Those three names have been subject to debates ever since they've been on the ballot. Both Bonds and Clemens have posted ridiculous stats over their lengthy careers. However, the cloud of steroid use forever follows them, splitting voters 50-50.
With three years remaining on the ballot, both Bonds and Clemens have seen a gradual increase in votes over the years, but it's unclear if they could reach the 75% threshold for induction in that span.
As for Schilling, his case is hurt by the "character clause." The former three-time World Series Champion has made transphobic and xenophobic remarks on his social media accounts, while also endorsing the lynching of journalists via his clothing choices. Journalists vote for this honor. Not a healthy combination.
Besides those three controversial names, Rubin voted for Derek Jeter, Todd Helton, Larry Walker, Scott Rolen, and Omar Vizquel.
Will Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Curt Schilling make it into this year's Hall of Fame class? Unlikely. But it will be interesting to see how much traction (if any) they receive.