Big Papi is headed to Cooperstown! Red Sox legend David Ortiz is selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame as accused steroid users Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are DENIED in their 10th and final chance on the ballot

  • Legendary Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has been chosen for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot 
  • Ortiz got 77.9 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of American in his first year on the ballot - slightly above the requisite 75 percent 
  • Accused steroids users Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were denied in their last time on the ballot. The era committee will consider their candidacy in 2023
  • Bonds has denied knowingly using PEDs, Clemens has denied taking them at all 
  • Ortiz and Yankee rival Alex Rodriguez were on the ballot for the first time 
  • Rodriguez was banned for the 2014 season by MLB for drug policy violation
  • Ortiz's lone reported positive test for PEDs came during survey testing in 2003 that was supposed to be anonymous. Ortiz has denied using steroids
  • Curt Schilling was also in his final year on the ballot, but his support has dried up as the Trump-supporting conservative accused voters of a 'liberal' conspiracy 
  • Ortiz, 46, will be enshrined July 24 along with era committee selections Buck O'Neil, Minnie Miñoso, Gil Hodges, Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat and Bud Fowler 
  • The three-time champ is the fourth player born in the Dominican Republic to be selected for the Hall, joining Martinez, Juan Marichal and Vladimir Guerrero 

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Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz has been chosen for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, while accused steroids users Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were denied in their 10th and final appearance on the ballot. 

Ortiz, 46, received 77.9 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of American (BBWAA) in his first year on the ballot - slightly above the requisite 75 percent to earn induction into Cooperstown.  

Ortiz's reaction was captured on video, which showed him seated in front of longtime teammate, Red Sox Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez. 

'Hello David, this is Jack O'Connell with the Baseball Writers Association of America,' Ortiz was told over speakerphone when he got the call from Cooperstown. 'I'm calling you from Cooperstown, New York to let you know that the baseball writers have elected you to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.'

Big Papi, as he's known to Red Sox fans, immediately stood this feet and exclaimed, 'yes!' before embracing Martinez and other friends in the room. 

The 10-time All-Star will be enshrined July 24 in Cooperstown, New York along with Era Committee selections Buck O'Neil, Minnie Miñoso, Gil Hodges, Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat and Bud Fowler.  Ortiz is just the fourth player born in the Dominican Republic to be selected for the Hall, joining Martinez, Juan Marichal and Vladimir Guerrero. 

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, and Detroit Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia watch the flight of Ortiz's three-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game July 26, 2016, at Fenway Park in Boston. Ortiz was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Barry Bonds (left), with seven MVPs and a record 762 home runs, and seven-time Cy Young Roger Clemens (right) now hope to get support for the Hall's Era Committee

The Dominican-born slugger's reaction was captured on video, which shows him seated in front of longtime teammate, Red Sox Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez (left)

After hearing the news, Big Papi, as he's known to Red Sox fans, immediately stood this feet and exclaimed, 'yes!' before embracing Martinez and other friends in the room

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling was denied in his 10th and final time on the ballot, but did offer a congratulations to his longtime teammate, David Ortiz, on his selection 

Bonds and Clemens got 66 percent and 65 percent of the vote, respectively, and some support from Ortiz. 

'Not having them join me [in the Hall of Fame] is hard for me to believe, to be honest with you,' Ortiz told the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea, adding: 'These guys, I did not even compare myself with them.' 

Bonds, with seven MVPs and a record 762 home runs, and Clemens, with seven Cy Youngs and an MVP, have been unable to earn a place among baseball's greats, due largely to allegations of performance-enhancing drug use. 

Both be eligible in 2023 for selection by the Era Committee (formerly known as the Veteran's Committee), which votes on candidates twice every five years. 

Their candidacy will specifically be reviewed by the Today's Game era committee, which considers players who are no longer eligible for the BBWAA vote and played between 1988 and the present. That committee previously denied other accused steroid users, such as Mark McGwire.  

Ortiz's Red Sox teammate, pitcher Curt Schilling, was also denied in his 10th and final year on the ballot. 

Alex Rodriguez was denied in his first time on the ballot, but could get more consideration in future years, if voters overlook his 2014 ban for violating baseball's drug policy

Schilling's support dropped off sharply after he finished 16 votes shy in 2021. Many voters chose not to back the right-hander due to hateful remarks he has made in retirement toward Muslims, transgender people, journalists and others. 

Instead of complaining about the decision, Schilling offered support for Ortiz on Twitter: 'Every year the conversation revolves around who didn't get in. Like all star voting, who got cheated. I say it every year and especially this year, focus on who did get in. @davidortiz deserved a 1st ballot induction! Congratulations my friend you earned it! #bigpapiHoF.' 

First-year candidate Alex Rodriguez, as well as Bonds and Clemens, all look like no-doubt Hall of Famers on the backs of their baseball cards, but PED suspicions have tarnished their reputations with many voters. 

Bonds has denied knowingly using PEDs, while Clemens has denied taking them outright. Rodriguez was banned by Major League Baseball for the entire 2014 season after violating the league's drug policy. 

Clemens, a star pitcher for the Red Sox, Yankees and Houston Astros, reacted to the news on Twitter.

'Hey y'all!' tweeted Clemens. 'I figured I'd give y'all a statement since it's that time of the year again. My family and I put the HOF in the rear view mirror ten years ago. I didn't play baseball to get into the HOF. I played to make a generational difference in the lives of my family.

'I would like to thank those who took the time to look at the facts and vote for me. Hopefully everyone can now close this book and keep their eyes forward focusing on what is really important in life. All love!'

Bonds and Clemens got 66 percent and 65 percent of the vote, respectively, and some support from Ortiz. 'Not having them join me [in the Hall of Fame] is hard for me to believe, to be honest with you,' Ortiz told the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea , adding: 'These guys, I did not even compare myself with them.'

Fans were largely split on the candidacy of Bonds and Clemens, but many supporters voiced their frustration with the Hall of Fame selection process after the pair's denial on Tuesday

Clemens, a star pitcher for the Red Sox, Yankees and Astros, reacted to the news on Twitter

Former baseball player Barry Bonds leaves a federal courthouse on April 8, 2011, during his perjury trial in San Francisco for allegedly lying to authorities about his steroid use

Bonds runs the bases after hitting his record-breaking 757th career home run off Washington Nationals' Tim Redding during the first inning of a baseball game on August 8, 2007

Baseball pitching star Roger Clemens walks out of the U.S. District Court after his arraignment, on August 30, 2010 in Washington, DC. Clemens who plead not-guilty was charged with making false statements, perjury and obstructing Congress when he testified in a February 2008 inquiry by the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee on his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs

Ortiz also has PED baggage, but enough voters chose to ignore a positive test that came during survey testing in 2003 that was supposed to be anonymous. Ortiz has denied using steroids, and Commissioner Rob Manfred said in 2016 'I think it would be wrong' to exclude him from the Hall of Fame based on that lone test.

The three-time World Series winner has remained in public view in retirement as a studio analyst for Fox Sports' postseason coverage. 

He was briefly sidelined in 2019 after being ambushed and shot in the Dominican Republic. His recovery required three surgeries, and doctors removed his gallbladder along with parts of his intestines and colon. He returned to the air during the postseason four months after the shooting.

Big Papi was among baseball's most recognizable faces through the 2000s and 2010s. His enormous grin endeared him to fans, but the Dominican's hulking frame menaced pitchers, especially in the late innings. He had 23 game-ending hits, including three during the 2004 postseason while Boston ended an 86-year World Series drought.

Ortiz batted .286 with 541 home runs with Boston and Minnesota while making 88 percent of his plate appearances as a designated hitter, the most by anyone in the Hall. He passes Edgar Martinez, who was a DH for 71.7 percent of his plate appearances. Frank Thomas and Harold Baines are the only other Hall members to DH more than half the time.

Former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz walks out at Fenway Park before a September game

Like Bonds and Clemens, Schilling's candidacy also faced obstacles, but of a different nature.

The Alaska native has ostracized himself in retirement by directing hateful remarks toward Muslims, transgender people, journalists and others. He asked the Hall to remove his name from this year's ballot, but he remains a candidate. Enough voters have given up his cause to ensure he stays out, though — he is on just 61 percent of public ballots. 

Ortiz's Red Sox teammate, pitcher Curt Schilling (pictured), was also denied in his final year on the ballot. Schilling's support dropped off sharply after he finished 16 votes shy in 2021. Many voters chose not to back the right-hander due to hateful remarks he has made in retirement toward Muslims, transgender people, journalists and others

He specifically blamed the Hall of Fame snub on liberal BBWAA members, telling sports radio host Clay Travis that 'the hatred for President Trump and conservatives runs deep.'

'You got 90 percent white, liberal college males standing in a clubhouse of players of every race, some don't even have an 8th-grade education but are making $25 million a year,' Schilling said in 2021. '[The writers], who graduated from Harvard, are bitter.'

Schilling's insistence that his outspoken support for Trump has hurt him in the eyes of supposedly liberal BBWAA voters is contradicted by the 2019 induction Mariano Rivera.

The former New York Yankees closer worked in the Trump administration as the co-chair the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition before becoming the first player to be unanimously selected to the Hall of Fame. Later, after his Hall of Fame selection, Trump honored Rivera with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Other players also have been dismissed by some voters for disturbing off-field behavior. Slick-fielding shortstop Omar Vizquel has been accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife and was sued over claims of sexual harassment by a former minor league bat boy last year. After receiving 52.6 percent of the vote in 2020, he's trending around 11 percent this year.

Bonds also has been accused of domestic violence, and Clemens of maintaining a decade-long relationship with a singer who was 15 when they met.

Schilling's insistence that his outspoken support for Trump has hurt him in the eyes of supposedly liberal BBWAA voters is contradicted by the 2019 induction Mariano Rivera (right). The former New York Yankees closer worked in the Trump administration as the co-chair the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition before becoming the first player to be unanimously selected to the Hall of Fame. Later, after his Hall of Fame selection, Trump honored Rivera with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (pictured) 

Among other first-timers on the ballot, Rodriguez and Jimmy Rollins got the most support.

Rodriguez won three MVPs and hit 696 homers, fourth most of all time, but also has PED use clouding his case. He was banned by Major League Baseball for the entire 2014 season after violating the league’s drug policy. Voters named him on 34.3 percent of ballots.

Rollins, a four-time Gold Glove winner with Philadelphia, appeared on 9.4 percent of ballots and was the only other first-timer to earn the 5 percent necessary to remain under consideration. Joe Nathan, Tim Lincecum and Ryan Howard were among 10 one-and-done players.

The only others to earn more than 50 percent support were third baseman Scott Rolen (63.2 percent, up from 52.9 percent), first baseman Todd Helton (52 percent, up from 44.9 percent) and reliever Billy Wagner (51 percent, up from 46.4 percent). Outfielder Andruw Jones also made gains, rising to 41.1 percent from 33.9 percent.

Next year’s ballot will introduce a new wrinkle of controversy when Carlos Beltrán joins the list. The nine-time All-Star was punished by MLB prior to the 2020 season and fired as manager of the New York Mets for his leading role in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.

Beltrán is likely to be joined on the ballot by John Lackey, Jered Weaver, Jacoby Ellsbury and Jayson Werth.

Former Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard did not get chosen in his first year on the ballot

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