For another year, Barry Bonds was short of the vote needed to be elected into the Baseball Hall Of Fame. But this time, David Ortiz got in during his first year eligible.
Both Ortiz and Big Papi tested positive for PEDs during their storied careers. The difference being that Bonds stood trial for a perjury and obstruction of justice case, whereas Ortiz tested positive during a survey test in 2003 that was supposed to remain anonymous.
Either way, when the news was announced, many were upset that David Ortiz has been given the benefit of the doubt while Barry Bonds (arguably the best hitter ever) has been given a life sentence in “baseball jail”.
Won’t argue against Ortiz, who is great and as clutch as anyone who ever played. But it’s a bit odd that he made it on the first ballot while Bonds and Clemens didn’t make it in 10.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 25, 2022
Fans and media members continued their attack on the Hall of Fame voters for the clear double-standard they work with as it pertains to Barry Bonds and David Ortiz.
So David Ortiz, who tested positive for PEDs and didnt even play in the field, is a lock for the Hall of Fame, but Barry Bonds, one of the greatest all-around players ever, has no chance. So dumb. Just put the truth — all of it — on their plaques and put them all in.
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) January 25, 2022
David Ortiz tested positive for PEDs and Barry Bonds didn't. Guess which one made the Hall of Fame
— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) January 25, 2022
Ortiz in and Bonds not. MLB HOF is about as legit as an FSWA award
— Adam Scherer (@ShipMyMoneyDFS) January 25, 2022
Barry Bonds and David Ortiz both unequivocally belong in the Hall of Fame. If you want to assume PED use for both, as many of you do, fine. Put them on that level playing field. One isn't in and the other out because of PEDs. Ortiz is beloved. Bonds was hated. Popularity contest.
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) January 26, 2022
Barry Bonds, did steroids, kind of a dick: no hall of fame
Alex Rodriguez, did steroids, kind of a dick: no hall of fame
Roger Clemens, did steroids, kind of a dick: no hall of fame
David Ortiz, did steroids, likable dude: 1st ballot Hall of Fame
Lesson: do roids, be nice
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) January 25, 2022
You can’t tell the story of baseball without David Ortiz. Congrats to him. But if he can get into the HOF on the first try with a positive test on his resume then how in gods name does Bonds and Clemens not get in? The system is now officially broken in my eyes.
— Alex Wood (@Awood45) January 25, 2022
The Giants sent out a statement on Barry Bonds missing out on Cooperstown, yet again.
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The Barry Bonds vs. David Ortiz debate rages on
I think there’s a clear answes to this whole debate centered around steroid-users and he Hall of Fame: just let em’ all in if the stats back it up. If Cooperstown is a place that’s supposed to tell the history of the game of baseball, then there should absolutely be a plaque for David Ortiz, Barry Bonds, Pete Rose, Roger Clemens, etc.
Sure, we can continue to place an asterisk around the entire steroid-era. But letting some known PED users in while the ones who are more unlikable (for whatever reason) have to continue to fall short of the vote is no way for the MLB to continue going forward.
The Barry Bonds-David Ortiz debate is another example of how baseball is so out of touch when it comes to the different viewpoints of the players, owners, media members and its fans.