The MLB Hall of Fame switched things up last year. But it wasn’t necessarily for the better, especially if you happen to be a player who played in the Steroid Era of the league — from the ’90s all the way up to the mid 2000s and today. The most-recent eligibility rule, which brings down the number of years a player can be on the ballot from 15 to 10 while keeping the number of players on the ballot steady at 10, is going to kneecap some big names in baseball history. We’ve identified eight players who are almost certainly going to miss the Hall of Fame. Some of them would probably be on the outside of the door anyway (and a few definitely would), but some of them are going to slide through the cracks, and that’s before you get to controversial Hall candidates like Edgar Martinez, who was “only” a designated hitter.
8. Barry Bonds: 7 years of eligibility remaining
Barry Bonds is sort of the poster child for the arguments around steroids, and whether the dark cloud hovering over his head should bar him from being enshrined in the Hall of Fame. After 12 years, baseball writers might have mellowed enough to let the all-time home run leader and one of the best players ever (even if he cheated) in. After seven? It’s a lot harder to say.