Originally written on Minus Twenty-Two  |  Last updated 10/20/14

Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants during 9-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at SBC Park on Thursday, June 24, 2004 Photo via Newscom

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Judgment day has finally come for Barry Bonds. And, as many expected, the embattled all-time leader in home runs will not be a first-ballot hall of famer. In his first year of eligibility on the ballot, the former Giants slugger fell well short of the 75 percent threshhold required for induction, receiving just 36.2 percent of the vote. In fact, nobody will be part of baseball’s 2013 Hall of Fame class. On a ballot notable for including for the first time names linked to steroid use–Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa–no player was elected to the Hall from the writers’ ballot for the first time since 1996. Former Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio came closest with 68.2 percent. Clemens received just 37.6 percent of the vote, Sosa 12.5 percent. It seemed once the ballots were sent out, Bonds and Clemens would receive a late push from voters, but ultimately the Baseball Writers’ Association of America decided their alleged ties to PEDs were too much to overlook in electing t...
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