Barry Bonds Inducted Into Hall Of Fame…Kind Of

Barry Bonds Back With The Giants
Barry Bonds Back With The Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame after all.

The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.

Baseball’s all-time home run king will join former Giants’ manager Dusty Baker; South Bay pro golfer and analyst Roger Maltbie; Marin County’s Jonny Moseley, 1998 Olympic gold medalist; and Franklin Mieulim, the late Golden State Warriors owner who helped bring the 1974-75 NBA Championship title to the Bay Area.

“Each Enshrinee receives a bronze plaque of their likeness which is displayed at the banquet and featured in the United Airlines terminal at SFO International Airport before being moved to a permanent location near the stadium, university, golf club, or school they were involved with in the Bay Area,” according to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.

Bonds’ place in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown fell far short this year after missing the required number of votes required for induction. He received only about half of the votes needed to make it into the Hall.

Bonds appears to have the statistics needed to earn a spot in the hall but persistent rumors about the use of performance enhancing substances appear to be behind the reluctance of voters to include him in their ballots. Bonds never tested positive for any banned substance. He was convicted of obstruction of justice in connection with his Grand Jury testimony in the BALCO case.

2015 was Bonds’ third year of eligibility for the Hall. He’ll have seven more chances until his candidacy expires on the writers’ ballot.

Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame’s first Enshrinement Banquet was held in 1980 and honored Bay Area sports legends Joe DiMaggio, Bonds’ godfather Willie Mays, Hank Luisetti, Ernie Nevers and Bill Russell.

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