The names Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will appear on the traditional Hall of Fame ballot just two more times. When inductee announcements are made in January 2021 and 2022, if their names are not called, then their opportunity to be elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association will have come and gone.
On Tuesday, the announcement came that the 2020 inductees will be Derek Jeter and Larry Walker, two very safe choices. Safe because their personal numbers and accomplishments merit inclusion. It would be hard to tell the story of baseball fairly without mentioning Walker, and probably impossible without mentioning Jeter.
These choices are also safe because while playing through the years marred by the pervasive presence of PEDs in baseball, neither Jeter nor Walker fell under serious suspicion.
But the same can’t be said for Bonds or Clemens. Their numbers and accomplishments more than call for being elected alongside Jeter…