Reaction to the 2019 MLB Hall-of-Fame Class
Yesterday around 4 o’clock, Major League Baseball announced that Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, and Edgar Martinez would be inducted into the National Baseball Hall-of-Fame. The voters got it right…mostly.
All four of Rivera, Halladay, Mussina and Martinez deserved to get in. All had tremendous careers. My problem is not with who got voted in though. It is with who DID NOT get voted in. It is time to let Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens into Cooperstown.
Bonds and Clemens were once in a lifetime players and the fact that there are already suspected PED users with plaques in the Hall why keep them out.
Bonds may have been one of the best hitters to live (even if his head never swelled up to the size of a watermelon) and Clemens was electric throughout his career as evidence by being one of only four people in MLB history to strike out 20+ batters.
Bonds and Clemens both continue to see in increase on ballots but it is still unknown whether they will ever make it into Cooperstown. Both Bonds and Clemens fall a little over 60 votes short respectively. We will have to wait next year to see if anything changes, but it’s time to just let them in.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)
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