Bonds and Clemens Out of Time for Cooperstown - What's Next?
On Tuesday night, the news was announced that Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds did not receive the required percentage of votes from baseball writers to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Every player has 10 years of eligibility for the honor after the time of their retirement. While Bonds and Clemens will always live on YouTube and in the memories of millions as two of the greatest to ever play the sport, this forever will be a significant moment on their illustrious careers. Bonds retired as the all-time home run leader with 762. Clemens, with seven Cy Young Awards, has more than any pitcher ever. Both players, of course, have asterisks beside their accomplishments, as they were accused of "juicing" in baseball's Steroid Era.
All is not lost for the two legends, as well as Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and others. Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com wrote on Wednesday morning that the Today's Game Committee can still vote them in. This December, the committee will "vote on players, managers, executives, and umpires whose greatest contributions were made from 1988 to the present day."
Of the players eligible, David "Big Papi" Ortiz was the only player selected for the 2022 Class of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Check out Hour 1 of our podcast from Tuesday the full discussion between Calvin and Hardge from before the official results were shared.