Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What a shame, the Hall of Fame is without the Home-run King,

Well another year has gone by and another year the Baseball Writers' Association of America has disappointment me as a fan of the game.  Yes Greg Maddox, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas deserve to be elected into to Hall of Fame, there is no question of that.  But where the 571 Baseball Writers' have it all wrong is they have decided to be the judge and jury for players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire.   This morning I was listening to MLB on XM and they were doing around the diamond and I heard one of the voting members talk about the innocent until proven guilty argument for these guy and he said, well that is the US judicial system, we don't have to adhere to that.  I find this completely disgusting.  Every one deserves the benefit of the doubt until that doubt is taken away.  These sportswriters are depriving me, a baseball fan of over 30 years the opportunity of seeing the some of the great players I grew up watching enshrined into the Hall of Fame.

First, Barry Bonds...Bonds was one of the most feared, if not the most feared hitters of the 90's and 00's.  He was probably the best player to walk on a diamond in the last 50 years!

Watching him chase Hank Aaron was truly amazing to watch as a fan.  I was rooting for him to do it.  In fact, I was one of the few who would give him a standing ovation at Citizens Bank Park after he homered.  I knew watching him was special and I enjoyed every minute of it.

What really grinds my gears is that the Baseball Writers had no problem voting him a 7 time NL MVP.  So despite the allegations during his playing days, these same arrogant morons voted for Bonds, but when it comes time to elect the Home Run King, he only get's 34.7% of the vote.

Look at Bonds' accomplishments (courtesy of Wikipedia):

Records held

  • Home runs in a single season (73), 2001
  • Home runs (career) (762)
  • Home runs against different pitchers (449)
  • Consecutive seasons with 30 or more home runs (13), 1992–2004
  • Slugging percentage in a single season (.863), 2001
  • Consecutive seasons with .600 slugging percentage or higher (8), 1998–2005
  • On-base percentage in a single season (.609), 2004
  • Walks in a single season (232), 2004
  • Intentional walks in a single season (120), 2004
  • Consecutive games with a walk (18)
  • MVP awards (7—closest competitors trail with 3), 1990, 1992–93, 2001–04
  • Consecutive MVP awards (4), 2001–04
  • National League Player of the Month selections (13—2nd place: 8 – Frank Thomas; 2nd place (N.L.) – George Foster, Pete Rose and Dale Murphy)
  • Oldest player (age 38) to win the National League batting title (.370) for the first time, 2002

Records shared

  • Consecutive plate appearances with a walk (7)
  • Consecutive plate appearances reaching base (15)
  • Tied with his father, Bobby, for most seasons with 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases (5) and are the only father-son members of the 30–30 club
  • Home runs in a single post-season (8), 2002

Other accomplishments

  • 7-time Baseball America NL All-Star (1993, 1998, 2000–04)
  • 3-Time Major League Player of the Year (1990, 2001, 2004)
  • 3-Time Baseball America MLB Player of the Year (2001, 2003–04)
  • 8-Time Gold Glove winner for NL Outfielder (1990–94, 1996–98).
  • 12-Time Silver Slugger winner for NL Outfielder (1990–94, 1996–97, 2000–04)
  • 14-time All-Star (1990, 1992–98, 2000–04, 2007)

Looking at the accomplishments of Barry Bonds, how do you NOT vote him into the Hall of Fame!  

Tomorrow, I will give my case for another notable Hall of Fame Snub...Mark McGwire!

Please feel free comment below with your opinions on Barry Bonds.  I would love to hear from you.

Thank you for reading.

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