Bonds, Kent make small gains on HOF ballot

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For the ninth consecutive year, former Giants slugger Barry Bonds fell short in his bid for Cooperstown, as the home run king drew 61.8 percent of the vote in the 2021 Hall of Fame balloting, still well below the 75-percent threshold required for induction.

Bonds has only one year remaining on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot, where players’ eligibility expires after 10 years.

None of the 25 candidates featured on the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot cleared the bar for induction on Tuesday night, marking the first shutout since 1960. The ’20 Hall of Fame class, which consists of Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller, is expected to be inducted on July 25 following a one-year delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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