Barry Bonds thinks he’ll get in the Hall of Fame “in time”

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“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.

Clayton Kershaw returning to Dodgers on 1-year, $20M deal

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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023 after signing a one-year, $20 million deal.

For the second straight year, the Dodgers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Instead, they gave him additional time to mull his future, and he once again decided to stay with the only franchise he’s ever played for during his 15-year major league career.

The deal includes a $5 million signing bonus payable on June 30, a salary of $15 million and a hotel suite on road trips.

The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-3 with 2.28 ERA in 22 starts last season. He struck out 137 and walked 23. Kershaw made his ninth All-Star team and started the Midsummer Classic for the first time in his career at Dodger Stadium.

Last April, he became the franchise’s all-time strikeout leader with 2,697. He reached 2,800 strikeouts in his last start of the regular season on Oct. 5 against Colorado. Kershaw ranks 24th all-time with 2,807.

Kershaw has a career record of 197-87 with a 2.48 ERA. He won his only World Series title in 2020, when the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay during the pandemic-shortened season.