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Bonds congratulates Ortiz on induction into Baseball Hall

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Bonds and Ortiz

Former Giants star Barry Bonds wasn't elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his final year on the ballot Tuesday, and if he was bitter about it, it wasn't evident roughly an hour after the results were made public.

Bonds' first public comments came in an Instagram post where he congratulated former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, the only player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the writer's ballot Tuesday.

In his first year on the ballot, Ortiz received 307 of a possible 394 votes (77.9 percent), while Bonds got 260 votes (66.0 percent). Players need 75 percent of the vote (296 votes) for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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While Ortiz will be enshrined in Cooperstown this summer, Bonds now is off the writer's ballot and will have to wait for the Era Committee to vote in December. The panel of 16 Hall of Famers, MLB executives and veteran media members will vote on players from 1988 to present-day. Bonds again would need to receive 75 percent of the votes (12 of the 16 votes) to gain induction by the Era Committee.

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