Big Papi elected to HOF; Bonds, Clemens, Schilling left out

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FILE - Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on June 24, 2015, at Fenway Park in Boston. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and David Ortiz appear to be the only players with a chance at Hall of Fame enshrinement when results are unveiled Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, with Ortiz most likely to get in on his first try. Bonds and Clemens are each in their 10th and final turns under consideration by voters from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

By JAKE SEINER, the Associated Press

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, a clutch slugger and 10-time All-Star over 20 seasons mostly with the Boston Red Sox, 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 and Curt Schilling were all rejected in their 10th and final seasons on the BBWAA ballot.