Hall of Fame announced, Bonds stock drops, PG ballots
Barry Bonds was again left out of the Hall of Fame when the new class was announced today, but more notably his stock dropped even further from a year ago when he was eligible for the first time.
Bonds drew 198 votes, or 34.7 percent, down from 206 votes, or 36.2 percent of the vote a year ago.
The former Pirates slugger - who won baseball’s MVP a record seven times, and was a 14-time All-Star - has been one of baseball’s most polarizing figure since he was indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges during the BALCO scandal.
Three players eligible for the first time were voted into the Hall of Fame today:
Greg Maddux: 555 votes (97.2 percent)
Tom Glavine: 525 votes (91.9 percent)
Frank Thomas: 478 votes (83.7 percent)
The Post-Gazette had two staff members vote on the Hall of Fame this year: veteran columnists Gene Collier and Ron Cook.
Both kindly shared their ballots to share with our readers. They are as follows:
Gene Collier: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas
Ron Cook: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Craig Biggio and Mike Piazza.
Clemens: 35.4 %
Bonds: 34.7 %
For complete results of the vote, please visit: BBWAA.com where results are listed on the home page.