Jeff Kent will get another turn in the batter’s box next year. J.T. Snow will not.

And when the Hall of Fame voting results were announced Wednesday, Barry Bonds’ support dipped ever so slightly, from 36.2 percent to 34.7 percent.

Bonds was listed on 198 of the 571 ballots submitted by qualified members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. That’s down by eight from the 206 votes he received last year (out of 569), his first on the ballot.

But don’t mistakenly interpret Bonds’ ever so slight drop as a stronger referendum against his candidacy. Actually, you could argue that more voters were open to the idea of Bonds in Cooperstown.

The backlog of candidates, and the 10-vote limit, undoubtedly cost Bonds a decent number of check marks. In fact, 50.3 percent of the electorate filled out the maximum 10 slots -- soaring from the then-record 22 percent who did so a year ago.

The ballot logjam, caused by split opinion over what to do with stars of baseball’s steroid era, also threatened to artificially limit support for other first-time eligibles like Kent – and perhaps knock him off the ballot entirely after one appearance.

But Kent easily polled the 5 percent necessary to stay on next year’s ballot. He received 87 votes, or 15.2 percent. Snow, who had a fine career that included six Gold Gloves at first base, received two votes and will not reappear.