Sunday, February 5, 2023

Bonds, Clemens out; McGriff inducted into Hall of Fame

SAN DIEGO ( Associated Press) – Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling were kicked off the Hall of Fame committee that selected former slugger Fred McGriff to enter Cooperstown on Sunday.

It was the first time Bonds, Clemens and Schilling faced the Precinct Committee since their 10th and final appearance on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot. Bond and Clemens have been accused of using performance-enhancing substances, and support for Schilling fell after he made hateful comments towards Muslims, transgender people, journalists and others.

Nicknamed “Crime Dog,” McGriff hit .284 with 493 home runs and 1,550 RBI in 19 seasons with six major league teams. The first baseman was a five-time All-Star and helped Atlanta win the 1995 World Series.

McGriff, 59, received a unanimous endorsement from the 16-member Contemporary Baseball Committee made up of Hall of Famers, managers and writers. The group included Greg Maddux, who played with McGriff for the Braves, as well as Paul Beeston, who was the Toronto manager when McGriff made his major league debut in 1986 with the Blue Jays.

Another former Braves player, Chipper Jones, was expected to be part of the committee, but fell ill and was replaced by Derrick Hall, president of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

McGriff received 169 votes (39.8%) in 2019, his final year on the ballot. They will now be inducted in Cooperstown on July 23, with whoever is elected on the writers’ union ballot, which they will announce on January 24.

The Contemporary Era Committee considers candidates whose careers spanned the 1980s and beyond. Players need 75% of the vote to be elected.

Hall of Famers Jack Morris, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith, Frank Thomas and Alan Trammell also participated in this year’s panel, which met in San Diego with baseball writers.

Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Belle, Don Mattingly and Dale Murphy completed the eight-member ballot.

Mattingly was the closest to being elected, with eight of the required 12 votes. Schilling had seven and Murphy had six. No one got more than three.

Bonds, Clemens and Schilling failed in their last shot at the Writers’ Association in January. Bond received 260 of the 394 votes (66%), Clemens 257 (65.2%), and Schilling 231 (58.6%).

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