“In time” for what, I have no idea. Heat death of the universe? Probably. The birth of my great-grandchild? Not sure how much money I’d wager on that. But the Home Run King is optimistic. From Barry Bloom at MLB.com, who asked Bonds what he felt about not being elected once again:
“I don’t have any doubts that I’ll get there in time. I’m bothered about it, but I don’t sit here going, ‘I’m not going to make it.’ I don’t see how it stays the way it’s going. In my mind, in my head, I’m a lot more positive about it than I am negative. I think eventually they’ll do the right thing.”
I think he’s right. It won’t be via BBWAA vote, because that’s never happening in the time he has left on the ballot absent some weird and unexpected directive from the Hall of Fame about totally disregarding performance-enhancing drugs.
It also won’t be via the Veterans’ Committee as currently constructed. They can’t even put someone loved and respected like Gil Hodges or Ken Boyer in the Hall, so they’re certainly not going to elect someone like Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens.
I think that, if Bonds and his fellow infamous players is ever to make it, it will be because the Hall of Fame realizes on some level that a handful of the best and most famous players for an entire generation of fans is not represented there and that this is not how it’s supposed to be. That you can’t tell the story of baseball from the 80s through the 2000s without Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Jeff Bagwell and others. And that, in light of that, some sort of special committee will be formed.
It may never happen, of course, But if it does happen, it will be some weird thing like that, not via the currently available avenues.