Baseball Hall of Fame: Barry Bonds falls short in eighth straight year

Thursday, 23 Jan, 2020

"Being Canadian, you are born into this world with a stick in your hand and skates on your feet", Walker said.

As expected, New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Seventy-five per cent is required to gain entry into Cooperstown.

Imagine being the one, brazen voter who didn't find Derek Jeter worthy of baseball's Hall of Fame.

Two controversial players on the ballot Tuesday included Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, who both faced accusations of performance enhancing drug use.

So, the multi-talented right fielder was pleasantly surprised to learn he had made it into the Hall of Fame by earning 76.6 percent of the BBWAA vote.

Those two were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Modern Baseball Era committee last month. Roger Clemens, seven-time Cy Young victor, dropped from 61% to 59.5%.

A 20-year major leaguer, Jeter won five World Series with the Yankees, and was crowned World Series MVP in 2000. Walker had a career.313 batting average with a.965 OPS, 383 home runs, 1,311 RBI and 72.7 WAR. He was the NL MVP in 1997 and followed that up with batting titles in 1998 and 1999.

Ballot holdovers could benefit next year, when the most prominent players eligible for the first time are Torii Hunter and Mark Buehrle.

The Maple Ridge, B.C., native - just two years removed from giving up on a hockey dream - barely even knew the rules of baseball back then.

Curt Schilling just missed the Hall once again, getting 70% of the vote. Players must surpass the 75% voting threshold to be inducted to Cooperstown and in 2018 Larry made it on only 34.1% of the ballots.

He is one of 13 players to record at least 3,000 hits and hit at least.310 for his career. And just last night, star third basemen Nolan Arenado told reporters he feels "disrespected" by general manager Jeff Bridich, who considered trading him and has done little to improve the talent around him.

That contemplation seemingly has led to Dawson joining his Hall of Fame fraternity brothers.