Jose Canseco Thinks It’s ‘Disgusting’ That Bonds Didn’t Get Into HOF
January 18 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
As you know, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today. The former two were considered stone cold locks of the day, while Rodriguez's chances were a bit more shrouded in mystery.
Rodriguez, who made 14 All-Star rosters and owns 13 Gold Gloves, appeared on 78 percent of Hall of Fame ballots made public before today's actual vote. And when the final results were announced, he just got in, with 76 percent.
Rodriguez would have been in the 90-percent range IMO, except that his reputation was tarnished with PED allegations -- a notion first brought by Jose Canseco in his book Juiced. Canseco correctly named players like Mark McGwire and Manny Rodriguez in his book, so naming Pudge held a lot of sway voters in his first year of eligibility.
But Rodriguez weathered the storm. Others such as Barry Bonds did not. After getting 44 percent of the vote in 2016, Bonds moved up to 53.8 percent this time -- after predictions that he would land in the high 50s or low 60s. This is glacial progress, but progress. However it did not sit well with Canseco.
And definitely bonds should be in the Hall of Fame are you kidding me that is disgusting
I find just about every Canseco tweet loaded with 100 percent of your child's daily recommendations for irony and/or total confusion, and this is no exception. The poster boy for PEDs, who threw so many of his peers under the bus and practically began the Great Steroid Purge, probably should not be tweeting about HOF voting.
Anyway, we're now in for another year of Bonds as hitting coach somewhere (most recently in Miami in 2016), and glad-handing all who meet him in a bid to erase his crotchety reputation as a player ("Well, the jerk store called, and they're running out of you").
Anyway, big day for Houston, as Bagwell and Rodriguez both played there. And any day a former Expo gets into the HOF is a great day, of course.
OF NOTE: Curt Schilling is sinking. In 2016 he got 52.3 percent of the vote. This year? He got 45.0 percent.