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Barry Bonds inches up but falls short again as two elected into Hall of Fame


Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports


Barry Bonds is 0-for-8, which was unheard of in his legendary career.

In Year 8 on the ballot, the all-time Giants great cracked the 60 percent barrier for the first time, but only marginally improved his tally as he was rejected yet again from entry into the Hall of Fame.

The home run king got 241 votes out of 397, good for 60.7 percent when 75 percent is necessary for induction. Derek Jeter, who fell one vote short of unanimity, and Larry Walker, at 76.6 percent, will be the only ones enshrined. Falling short are Curt Schilling (70 percent) and Roger Clemens (61), while Jeff Kent pulled in 27.5 percent of the vote.

Bonds, who’s been on an upward trajectory for years, rose again, having received 59.1 percent last year, a climb that has resulted from a more lenient stance toward the PED era. He got just 34.7 percent of the vote in 2014.

But he may have plateaued and only has two more years on the ballot. The steroid-tainted stars have not been fully accepted, even if Bonds’ numbers — the 762 career home runs, the outrageous 1.051 career OPS — are unrivaled by anyone in baseball history.

 

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