Barry Bonds has been on the Hall of Fame ballot for seven years, and it’s anyone’s guess whether he’ll ever get elected.
The home run king and former Giants left fielder is inching closer to Cooperstown, but he won’t get inducted this year. Probably not next year, either.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce its ballot results Tuesday at 3 p.m. PST, and at least three players are expected to be added to the 2019 Hall of Fame class and join Lee Smith and Harold Baines, who were elected last month by the Today’s Game Era committee.
Mariano Rivera is a first-ballot lock. So is Roy Halladay. Edgar Martinez, in his 10th and final year on the ballot, is expected to crack the necessary 75-percent barrier for induction. Mike Mussina is too close to call.
That’s based on information supplied by Oakland resident Ryan Thibodaux, who meticulously tracks Hall of Fame voting (bbhoftracker.com) and has found, with more than half the expected ballots made public, that Bonds sits at 70.5 percent.