Ken Griffey Jr. cruised into the Hall of Fame on his first chance, earning the highest percentage of the vote in Baseball Hall of Fame history. Though his selection was a slam dunk, Barry Bonds has been unsuccessful because of what many believe was his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Griffey, who served as the honorary starter at Sunday’s Daytona 500, was asked if he thought Bonds belonged in Cooperstown.
"Yeah. I think that overall, when you look what people have done, yeah," Griffey, who was never suspected of using PEDs, told reporters. "It’s not my vote, so I can’t vote for him. But if you look at what he’s done, those numbers speak for themselves."
Bonds, who is now the Miami Marlins hitting coach, retired as the all-time leader in homers (762), walks (2,858) and intentional walks (688). But despite his standing among the all-time greats, Bonds has not been elected his first four times on the ballot.