Rafael Palmeiro knows he isn’t getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The fact that in his two years of eligibility he has not gotten past 12 percent on the ballot showcases that fact, and as the odds are strong that he will probably have just enough to stay on the ballot (5 percent is needed to stay on), he will have a constant reminder for the next thirteen years.
Palmeiro recently discussed his opinion on the Hall, and the interesting comment was not the one he directed about himself. He stated that he has put it behind him, and whether that is true or not is something that Palmeiro only knows for himself. What caught our attention was his statement that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should be inducted.
“You’re talking about in my opinion, probably the best pitcher (Clemens) of all-time and the greatest player (Bonds) of all time," Palmeiro said. "Keep them out and then the Hall of Fame has no credibility."
This has been a statement that we have heard echoed by many other current and former baseball players. We have no problem agreeing with Palmeiro as we have both Bonds and Clemens listed as number one and two respectively on our Notinhalloffame Baseball List. It is not a stretch to say that this year’s Hall of Fame ballot will be the most anticipated of all time.