Thursday, December 08, 2022

Barry Bond documentary to examine former Giants star’s Hall of Fame bid

Barry Bond documentary to examine former Giants star's Hall of Fame bid

Fast approaching mid-November, it’s time for an annual baseball tradition started more than a decade ago—debating home run king Barry Bonds’ eligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The disgraced former Giants superstar’s final opportunity to vote in baseball immortality will be examined during “Bonds,” ESPN’s upcoming “E60” documentary, in Cooperstown, New York, via the Baseball Writers Association of American.

The one-hour primetime program, which will first air November 7 at 6:30 p.m. PT, will feature interviews with several former Bond teammates, including Will Clarke, as well as two of his former managers, Dusty Baker and Jim Leyland. . .

They would all contribute to the debate as to whether Bond deserves to receive a final call from the Hall of Baseball.

They can all attest to Bond’s talent and influence on the game, both of which are on a Ruthean level. But Bond’s connection to performance-enhancing drugs is the reason he will appear for the 10th and final time on the Hall of Fame ballot, which will be sent to hundreds of BBWAA voters in about two weeks.

Voters who chose to ignore the bonds on their ballots pointed to a voting guideline from Hall, which states that “voting is based on player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and team(s). player played.” Those who voted for Bond say the guideline is unclear, it is difficult to know who actually used the PED, or they simply argue that the Hall of Fame game is a museum of the history of the U.S., not a judge and jury of merit for admission.

Bonds has fallen far short of the expected 75 percent of the vote for nine consecutive years, including last year when he received a personal-high 61.8 percent of the vote. His candidacy is still not promising. When this year’s results are announced in January, about 53 additional votes will need to be garnered for the bond to be installed. If he does so it will be considered disturbing.

It’s also important to realize that a failed 10th bid for Bond will not end his Hall of Fame chances. He would be eligible for consideration by the “Today’s Game” committee, a 16-person panel that votes twice every five years on the candidatures of players from 1988 to present. That panel will next meet in December 2024 for induction into the Hall of Fame category of 2025.

Clearly, parts of Bonds’ baseball resume are unmatched, from his record 762 career home runs and 73 single-season homers to his seven Most Valuable Player Awards, four more than any other player in MLB history. Proof that Bond was arguably baseball’s most dangerous hitter, adding 688 intentional runs to his MLB record and 2,558 runs overall.

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