Hall of Fame first baseman and Giants legend Willie McCovey said he wants to see Barry Bonds join him in the Hall and contests Joe Morgan’s letter encouraging voters to reject players linked to steroids. “I just think it’s a sin he’s not in there,” McCovey said of Bonds, the ex-Giant who holds the single-season and all-time homers records. “If anybody deserved to be in the Hall of Fame, it’s Barry.” Bonds is on the ballot for the sixth time after receiving 53.8 percent of the vote last year. Votes cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America are due Sunday, and 75 percent is required for enshrinement. On Nov. 21, a day after the ballot containing 33 names was released, Morgan’s letter was emailed to voters by the Hall of Fame pleading with them not to support players who admitted using steroids, flunked drug tests or were mentioned as users in the 2007 Mitchell Report, which published findings of an MLB investigation headed by former U.S. senator George Mitchell. Morgan, the Hall's vice chairman and a member of its board of directors, wrote that some Hall of Famers wouldn’t attend induction ceremonies “if steroid users get in,” refusing to share a stage with them.
McCovey: 'A sin' that Bonds isn't in the Hall of Fame
San Francisco Chronicle | Dec 30