Baseball Hall of Fame: David Ortiz In; Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens Out

In Summary

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, but the same can’t be said about others on the ballot.

The Notorious B.I.G. once said, “I love it when you call me Big Poppa.” 

The Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz prefers his nickname, “Big Papi,” and was the lone player to get inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Ortiz received enough votes to hurdle the 75% threshold, according to results of this year’s voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. “Big Papi” received 77.9% of the votes, becoming the 58th player elected in his first year of eligibility.  

He also becomes youngest living member of the Baseball Hall of Fame at the age of 46. There are currently 75 living members of the HOF. 

But the selection process is tainted by the baseball steroid era

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens missed out on the Hall of Fame in their 10th and final year, pushing them off the ballot permanently. Clemens received 65.2% of votes while Bonds received 66%. 

Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds looks on from the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, Sept 24, 2016, in Miami. The Marlins defeated the Braves 6-4. (AP Photo/Rob Foldy)

Bonds and Clemens never admitted to using performance enhancing drugs, but they were surrounded by loud and numerous allegations which were documented in books and courtrooms. 

The two never tested positive for PEDs. 

However, in a 2009 story in The New York Times, Ortiz was among 104 players who tested positive for PEDs during a round of tests conducted in 2003.  

In 2016, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the tests were inconclusive because “It was hard to distinguish between certain substances that were legal, available over the counter and not banned under our program.” 

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Clemens released a statement. 

Bonds has is baseball’s homerun king with 762. He also has 10 MVP awards. 

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