NEW YORK (AP) - David Ortiz was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first turn on the ballot, while steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were denied entry to Cooperstown in their final year under consideration by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Ortiz was a clutch slugger and 10-time All-Star over 20 seasons mostly with the Boston Red Sox.
He was named on 77.9% of ballots, clearing the 75% threshold needed for enshrinement.
He’s the fourth primary designated hitter voted into the Hall.
Bonds, Clemens, Curt Schilling and Sammy Sosa were all rejected in their 10th and final years on the BBWAA ballot.
2021 World Series Artifacts Will Live in Cooperstown at Baseball Hall of Fame
Artifacts from the 2021 World Series that featured the Atlanta Braves' first championship since 1995, made their way to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. The Braves beat the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night in Houston, clinching the World Series in game 6, 4 games to 2.
The baseball artifacts were on display in Albany at the Albany Airport baggage claim area on Wednesday, before making the trip to Cooperstown.
Here are 9 now historic artifacts from the series that will forever live at the Hall of Fame.
2021 Baseball HOF Induction Ceremony
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