Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are of their remaining yr of eligibility for the Baseball Corridor of Fame, and early returns point out it will likely be a nail-biter for each of them.
A Twitter user named Ryan Thibodaux put collectively a voter tracker for the Corridor of Fame. He and his crew have tabulated all public votes to determine the place the winds are heading.
With 68 ballots counted, or about 17.3 p.c of the eligible voters, Clemens and Bonds are proper on the border of the 75 p.c threshold. Curt Schilling, additionally in his remaining yr of eligibility, is monitoring simply in need of the barrier. A minimum of proper now, David Ortiz, in his first yr of eligibility, figures to make it in.
Clearly, the rationale Bonds and Clemens, two generationally nice gamers, haven’t gotten in but was because there is “very strong evidence” they were involved in baseball’s efficiency enhancing drug scandal. Schilling’s outspoken right-wing politics are arguably held against him by voters. He requested to be taken off the poll altogether this yr, however that request was denied.
Every particular person voter has a unique commonplace she or he applies to steroid customers and what it means to be a corridor of famer and so the truth that solely 17 p.c of the vote is in means that there’s a fairly broad variance of the place issues may go from right here for Bonds, Clemens and Schilling.
Ortiz examined optimistic for PEDs in MLB’s trial run in 2003, although he has repeatedly denied having used steroids. Nonetheless, if not for that implication, it’s presumable that he could be monitoring with a fair higher proportion of the vote primarily based on his profession efficiency.
Last year, Schilling obtained 70 p.c of eligible votes, whereas Bonds and Clemens each obtained about 61 p.c.
Alex Rodriguez, in his first year of eligibility this year, doesn’t look like in any respect near getting in on the primary poll, as he’s at present monitoring with about half the vote. Eight-time Gold Glove winner Scott Rolen is considerably surprisingly proper across the threshold of getting in.