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Call me naive, an optimist.
But I believe my fellow Baseball Writers Association of America voters will finally get it right.
The ballots are in. All had to be postmarked by midnight New Year’s Eve.
On the ballot for the final time to gain entrance into the Baseball Hall of Fame, slugger Barry Bonds and ace Roger Clemens will both get in on their 10th and final try.
The punishment — from some writers who have held their votes because of the steroid controversy attached to both superstars — will come to an end.
The writers will finally get it right, putting in two of the greatest players who have ever played the game.
These two are different from some of the other star players that have Hall-worthy credentials but didn’t muster up enough support to come close to getting in.
They both could have been done in by the voters long ago, eliminated from the ballot long before their 10 years were up.
It happened to slugger Rafael Palmerio. Despite being just one of just four players in MLB history with 3,000 hits and 500 homers, he fell off the ballot in his fourth year after getting less than five percent of the vote.
Palmerio — who was suspended by MLB for failing a performance-enhancing drug test — went from 11.0 percent of the vote in 2011 to only 4.4 percent in 2014.
In the case of slugger Mark McGwire — who would have gotten in easily if not for the steroid use, something he copped to in 2010 — on his final ballot on his tenth try in 2016, he finished with only 12.3 percent of the vote. McGwire was never named on more than 23.7 percent of the ballots since he first became eligible in 2007.
On the flip side, Bonds and Clemens have had solid solid numbers from jump that continued to climb year after year.
And that’s with good reason. The Hall wouldn’t seem whole, or right, without these two.
Bonds, arguably the greatest slugger we have ever seen and MLB’s home run king, and Clemens, arguably the greatest righty pitcher we have ever seen and owner of a record-setting seven Cy Young awards, haven’t been dismissed by voters.
Think about it. If there…