Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have continually been swirled around rumors of performance enhancing drug (PED) use and this has clearly impacted their cases for being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Rumors aside, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens career statistics and accolades have earned them strong cases to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bonds is a 14 time all star, seven time National League MVP, eight time gold glove, 12 time silver slugger and three time Hank Aaron award winner.
Bonds holds the records for the most home runs in a season with 73 as well as career home runs with 762. Bonds fell short of 3,000 hits with 2,935 for his career.
Clemens is an 11 time all star, two time world series champion, seven time Cy Young award winner, two time triple crown winner and one time American League MVP. His seven Cy Young awards are the most of any pitcher.
Clemens also led the league in wins, strikeouts and ERA a total of four, five and seven times respectively. Clemens has a total of 354 wins and 4,672 strikeouts.
Their voting percentages each did go up with 44.3% for Bonds and 45.2% for Clemens.
On the Hall of Fame ballot there is a character clause that states, “Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contribution to the team(s) on which the player played,” and this is clearly holding back these two baseball greats.
Former baseball greats have weighed in including Roy Halladay who tweeted, “When you use PEDs you admit your not good enough to compete fairly! Our nations past time should have higher standards! No Clemens no Bonds!”
It’s a compelling debate over these two former baseball greats, but Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame.