Thursday, January 03, 2013

Barry Bonds in the Hall by 2018

John Shea of the SF Chronicle predicts that the Hall of Fame will stop ridiculous by 2018 when it finally admits the 7-time MVP with 762 HRs. 

I have not been to the Hall but I'm going to boycott it until Bonds is in. Because it's a joke until then. You have guys like Catfish Hunter, Bruce Sutter, Red Schoendienst, Lloyd Waner, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines, Travis Jackson, Freddie Lindstrom, Rube Marquard in? You don't include Bonds and Roger Clemens? How do you expect to be taken seriously?

If demented Dodger fans had their way, Maury Wills -- one of the most over-rated players of all time -- would be in the Hall, too. 

Here's the first half of Shea's column --  

Barry Bonds will be a Hall of Famer. Just a matter of time.
Not on the first ballot. But within five years. Nothing scientific. Just a guess.
I'm guessing he'll receive at least 40 percent of the vote in this Hall of Fame election.
I'm guessing it won't be long before he reaches 50 percent, which would make his election probable - other than Gil Hodges, no candidate on previous ballots topped 50 percent and eventually failed to get elected.
I'm guessing some hard-line stances will soften in time.
I'm guessing younger writers who rely heavily on metrics, who form opinions based largely if not solely on numbers, will vote for Bonds once they become eligible voters, after 10 years in the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

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