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Should Barry Bonds Have Been Elected Into the Hall of Fame?

Barry Bonds did not come close to being first-ballot Hall of Famer on Wednesday. Should he be in the Hall of Fame? Tell us in the comments section.

Barry Bonds will have to wait at least another year to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

And he might never stop waiting.

Bonds needed 75 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers' Association of America to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He got only 36.2 percent of the vote, finishing ninth on the ballot.

If you ignore the performance enhancement drug controversy surrounding Bonds, few players have ever had a better resume for Hall of Fame induction.

The former San Francisco Giants left fielder in the all-time leader in home runs (762), the all-time leader in home runs in a single-season (73), a seven-time Most Valuable Player winner (more than anybody else, ever) and a 14-time all star.

But, of course, it's impossible to ignore the PED controversy. In 2011, Bonds was convicted of obsturction of justice in connection to his testimony related to steroid use.

One thing Bonds didn't do in career, that the Giants have done twice since his retirement, is win the World Series.

Do you think Bonds should be in the Hall of Fame? Do you think the writers will eventually vote him in? Tell us in the comments section.

Denise Kalm January 09, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Cheating has become rampant in our schools to the extent that even talented children are finding they need to "cheat to compete." If we continue to reward cheaters in the public realm (sports, politics or Hollywood), we send the wrong message to our kids. Cheating should have a dire price. Bonds should never be awarded this honor.
c5 January 10, 2013 at 02:40 PM
the people who vote for the hall of fame are charged not only with looking at on the field performance but with other characteristics such as integrity and honesty. by these standards, it is no surprise that bonds and clemens failed to get the votes.
Emily Henry January 11, 2013 at 09:38 PM
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