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Barry Bonds Included On Hall of Fame Contemporary Baseball Era Committee Ballot

Nov 7, 2022, 10:11 AM
HOUSTON, TX- OCTOBER 4: Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants looks on against the Houston Astros...
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“That dream is not over.”

That’s what former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds said back on September 24th during an ESPN telecast of Sunday Night Baseball when he was asked about his hopes for being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Bonds fell short of the honor during his 10th and final appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot back in January as the seven-time MVP received 66% of the vote when 75% is needed for induction.

As it turns out, Bonds didn’t need to wait long for another crack at Cooperstown as the Hall of Fame announced its eight-player Contemporary Baseball Era Committee ballot on Monday morning.

Along with other notable Hall of Fame omissions like pitchers Curt Schilling and Roger Clemens and sluggers Don Mattingly, Albert Belle and Rafael Palmeiro, Bonds will be on next month’s ballot that as he hopes to finally secure the votes that are needed for baseball immortalization.

According to the Hall of Fame’s release:

Any candidate who receives votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Contemporary Baseball Era Players Committee will earn election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 23, 2023, along with any electees who emerge from the 2023 Baseball Writers’ Association of America election, to be announced on Jan. 24, 2023.

The Contemporary Baseball Era Players Committee is one of three groups eligible for consideration as part of the Era Committee process, which provides an avenue for Hall of Fame consideration to managers, umpires and executives, as well as players retired for more than 15 seasons. The Contemporary Baseball Era features two distinct ballots: One for players (considered this fall) and one for managers, executives and umpires (considered in the fall of 2023).

Bonds, a 14-time All-Star and Major League Baseball’s home run king (762), has had a dark cloud hanging over his post-playing days amid a flurry of performance enhancing drug accusations. After 10 failed attempts at securing the votes needed, the former Giant will get another crack at the Hall come next month.

The vote will take place on Sunday, December 4th during Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings in San Diego, California.

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