David Ortiz reacts to Bonds, Clemens not being voted to HoF


David Ortiz was voted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. The Boston Red Sox legend will be the lone member of the Class of 2022.

MLB home run king Barry Bonds and seven-time Cy Young award winner Roger Clemens missed the 75% vote threshold with 66.0% and 65.2%, respectively. It was their 10th and final year on the writers' ballot.

Ortiz writes heartfelt statement on HoF induction

After celebrating his induction, Ortiz was asked to share his thoughts on whether Bonds and Clemens deserve to be joining him.

“Not having them join me is hard for me to believe, to be honest with you," he told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. “These guys, I did not even compare myself with them.”

Allegations of performance-enhancing drug use have kept Bonds and Clemens out of Cooperstown. Ortiz wasn't free from PED allegations either, but his positive test was part of a confidential survey in which more than 100 players reportedly tested positive. The three-time World Series champion denied ever using banned substances, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has stated it's "entirely possible" he never actually tested positive for PEDs.

Bonds and Clemens are expected to be on the Today's Game ballot in December. The Today’s Game committee has 16 members, so a candidate must get at least 12 votes for enshrinement.

Other notable players falling off the ballot this year include Sammy Sosa and Ortiz's former Red Sox teammate, Curt Schilling.

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