Dusty Baker thinks Barry Bonds should be in the Hall of Fame

Dusty Baker wonders why Barry Bonds isn’t in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Baker, who managed Bonds over the San Francisco Giants from 1993-2002, spoke to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Monte Poole on Monday about the juxtaposition of how David Ortiz was inducted in his first year of eligibility, but Bonds went a decade without being elected. .

“The same way Jeff Kent didn’t come in,” Baker told the outlet. “The same way Pete Rose doesn’t come in. The same way Roger Clemens doesn’t come in.

“Voters (supposedly) like guys with character, guys with no brand or suspicion about their reputation – or maybe that’s how you’ve treated the media.”

The 73-year-old Baker, now manager of the Houston Astros, also blamed regional bias on the part of voters.

“[MLB] is more favorable to Boston and New York and the East Coast teams,” he said. “Whenever we go to the playoffs, we always have to see what New York or Boston are going to do before we can even figure out what time we’re going to be on TV.”

Dusty Baker is puzzled as to why Barry Bonds isn’t in the Basbeall Hall of Fame.
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This explanation for franchise bias is hard to fathom given that Clemens, who played for the Yankees and Red Sox, was shut out at the same rate as Bonds. Nonetheless, Baker might have been onto something about the treatment of media consideration in votes.

Bonds and Clemens, widely considered to have had Hall of Fame careers before they were suspected of using PEDs, walked out. Ortiz is here, despite testing positive for PEDs in the 2003 MLB trial. He later denied buying any steroids and blamed the results on “supplements.”

Dusty Baker congratulates Barry Bonds in 2002.
Dusty Baker congratulates Barry Bonds in 2002.
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Hall of Fame voters may have been more inclined to look away from Ortiz, who was affable with the media, than Bonds, who was infamously prickly.

“I know,” Baker said of Ortiz’s consecration despite testing positive. “And I love Grandpa. But if you dig deep enough, everyone has something suspicious or something they’re not crazy for everyone to know.

“There was nobody better than Barry. When you talk about the best of that era, people always want you to admit this or that. Well, Mark McGwire admitted and he’s not there. He should be there too.

Bonds holds the MLB records of 70 home runs in a season and 762 in his career, although many baseball fans consider those marks to be tainted.

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