Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling were approved by a Baseball Hall of Fame committee that elected former major league slacker Fred McGriff to Cooperstown on Sunday.
This is the first time Bonds, Clemens, and Schilling have faced a Hall committee since their 10th and final appearance on the American Baseball Writers Association ballot. Bonds and Clemens were accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs and support for Schilling dropped after he made hateful remarks towards Muslims, transgender people, reporters and others. other.
McGriff, nicknamed the “Criminal Dog,” hit 0.284 with 493 home players and 1,550 RBI in 19 seasons with the league’s six major teams. The first player to win the All-Star 5 times and help Atlanta win the 1995 World Series.
The 59-year-old McGriff received unanimous support from 16 members of the contemporary baseball era committee – including Hall members, executives and writers. The group includes Greg Maddux, who played with McGriff in the Braves, along with Paul Beeston, who was Toronto’s chief executive when McGriff made his major league debut with the Blue Jays in 1986.
Another former Brave, Chipper Jones, was supposed to join the committee, but he fell ill and was replaced by Arizona Diamondbacks Chairman Derrick Hall.
McGriff received 169 votes (39.8%) in his final year on the BBWAA ballot in 2019. He will now be inducted into Cooperstown on July 23, along with anyone. was selected in a writers vote, announced on January 24.
The Contemporary Ages Committee considers applicants whose careers are primarily from 1980 onwards. A player needs 75% to be voted.
Hall of Famers Jack Morris, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith, Frank Thomas and Alan Trammell also served on the board this year, meeting in San Diego for the baseball team’s winter meetings.
Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Belle, Don Mattingly and Dale Murphy completed an eight-person ballot.
Mattingly was next closest to the election, with 8 votes out of the 12 needed. Schilling has seven and Murphy has six. No one else has more than three.
Bonds, Clemens and Schilling failed in January in their last chance with BBWAA. Bonds received 260 out of 394 votes (66%), Clemens 257 (65.2%) and Schilling 231 (58.6%).
Palmeiro was dropped from the BBWAA vote after receiving 25 votes (4.4%) in his fourth appearance in 2014, falling below the 5% minimum required to proceed. His high was 72 votes (12.6%) in 2012.
Bond denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs, and Clemens asserted that he never used PED. Palmeiro was suspended for 10 days in August 2005 after testing positive under the major league drug program.
A seven-time NL MVP, Bonds set a career home run record with 762 and a season record with 73 in 2001. Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Clemens won 354-184 with 3.12 ERA and 4,672 strikeouts, third behind Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Randy Johnson (4.875). Palmeiro has 3,020 hits and 568 own own goals.
Schilling dropped 16 votes with 285 (71.1%) in the 2021 BBWAA vote. The right-hander won 216-146 with a 3.46 ERA over 20 seasons, winning the World Series with Arizona on 2001 and Boston in 2004 and 2007.
According to Epstein, who also serves on the contemporary era committee, was the GM in Boston when the Red Sox acquired Schilling in a transaction with the Diamondbacks in November 2003.
Players on the Major League Baseball ineligible list could not be considered, a rule that excluded Pete Rose.