Kent, Vizquel, and Lincecum are among the other Giants to fall short in BBWAA voting.
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Barry Bonds is still out of the Hall of Fame, with one path to Cooperstown coming to an end on Tuesday night.
Bonds, arguably baseball's greatest hitter, received 66 percent of the vote in his tenth and final year on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot, falling far short of the 75 percent required for induction.
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Nonetheless, the results on Tuesday did not definitively end Bonds' Hall of Fame bid. He is now eligible for the Today's Game Era ballot, which considers candidates who made the most significant contributions to the game between 1988 and 2016. The Today's Game Era Committee, which is set to meet in December, is one of four 16-person committees tasked with providing a path to Cooperstown for managers, umpires, executives, and players who have dropped off the BBWAA ballot.
Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was the BBWAA's sole candidate this year, and he will be honored alongside the six men voted in by the Golden Days and Early Baseball Era committees – Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva, as well as the late Bud Fowler, Gil Hodges, Minnie Mioso, and Buck O'Neil – at the 2022 Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 24 in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Bonds, who received a small raise from the 61.8 percent he received in 2021, has the credentials to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but he's viewed as a divisive figure due to his involvement with performance-enhancing drugs. Roger Clemens, who has faced similar allegations, was also on the outside looking in as his BBWAA ballot eligibility expired this year.
Bonds played for the Giants for 15 of his 22 Major League seasons, and he holds the all-time record for career home runs (762), single-season home runs (73 in 2001), walks (2,558), and intentional walks (688). Over 1,976 games with the Giants, he hit.312/.477/.666 and won five of his seven National League Most Valuable Player Awards. Bonds, a 14-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner, is the only player in baseball history to hit 500 home runs and steal 500 bases.
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Bonds' former Giants teammate, second baseman Jeff Kent, received 32.7 percent in his final year on the ballot, nearly identical to the 32.4 percent he received in 2021. Kent was acquired from Cleveland in 1996 as part of the Matt Williams trade, and he hit.297/.368/.535 over six seasons with the Giants, winning the NL MVP Award in 2000. Kent finished his career as a five-time All-Star with 377 home runs, including a record 351 as a second baseman.
Support for Omar Vizquel, who won the final two of his 11 Gold Glove Awards during his four-year stint with the Giants, dropped from 49.1 percent in 2021 to 23.9 percent this year after his ex-wife, Blanca, accused him of domestic violence.
Tim Lincecum, the former Giants pitcher, received 2.3 percent of the vote in his first year of eligibility, falling short of the 5 percent required to remain on the BBWAA ballot. Over his nine seasons in San Francisco, "The Freak" won back-to-back Cy Young Awards in 2008 and '09, three World Series rings, and threw two no-hitters, but longevity issues ultimately prevented him from making a serious Hall of Fame bid.