Barry Bonds’ Hall of Fame vote numbers throughout the years: Up but not enough

Former Giants great Barry Bonds again fell short of the 75 percent vote required for entry to the Hall of Fame in 2019.

But his vote percentage continued to trend upward in his eighth year of eligibility for admittance. That’s not much of a surprise — most eligible players see their percentages creep toward the 75 percent mark the longer they remain on the ballot.

Here are Bonds’ Hall of Fame vote totals over the past eight years:

2020: 60.7%
2019: 59.1%
2018: 56.4%
2017: 53.8%
2016: 44.3%
2015: 36.8%
2014: 34.7%
2013: 36.2%

Obviously, plenty of Hall of Fame voters are holding against Bonds his implication in MLB’s performance-enhancing drug investigation centered on the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO). But it’s noteworthy that in recent years, that group has been outnumbered by those who support his candidacy. A significant change in the electorate could boost his chances over the next two years, as beat writer Kerry Crowley outlined.

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Bonds, MLB’s all-time leader in home runs, needed 298 votes out of 397 …read more

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Boeing Delays 737 Max Return Date

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The return date of Boeing’s 737 Max airplane has been pushed back yet again.

Boeing said in a statement on Tuesday it expects the 737 Max will return to service sometime in the middle of 2020. The company said the new estimate is based on when it believes global aviation regulators “will begin to authorize the ungrounding of the 737 MAX.”

Boeing said it “regret[s] the continued difficulties that the grounding of the 737 MAX has presented to [its] customers, [its] regulators, [its] suppliers, and the flying public,” but that “returning the MAX safely to service is [its] number one priority.”

A month ago, the company announced it was temporarily suspending production of the 737 Max. The aircraft was grounded worldwide after two deadly crashes involving that model occurred within months of each other. Investigators believe the craft’s flight-control system is partially to blame for both crashes.

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McConnell backs off, abruptly eases some Trump trial rules

By LISA MASCARO and ZEKE MILLER

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on Tuesday with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two late-night sessions and Democrats arguing for more witnesses to expose Trump’s “trifecta” of offenses.

The turn of events was a setback for Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell and the president’s legal team, exposing a crack in the GOP ranks and the growing political unease over the historic impeachment proceedings unfolding amid a watchful public in an election year.

Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled open the session, with House prosecutors on one side, Trump’s team on the other, in the well of the Senate, as senators sat silently at their desks, under oath to do “impartial justice.” No cellphones or other electronics were allowed.

Opening day stretched into the night. Senators remained as the clock passed 9 p.m., while Democrats pursued what may be their only chance to force senators to vote on hearing new testimony.

However, Republicans turned back Democratic amendments to subpoena documents from the White House, State Department and budget office, with more votes expected rejecting key witnesses with a front-row seat to Trump’s actions. Those include acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

McConnell stunned senators and delayed the start of proceedings with his decision to back off some of his proposed rules. Republicans were said to be concerned over the political optics of “dark of night” sessions.

Instead, 24 hours of opening arguments for each side will be spread over three days, for a moment swelling Democrats’ momentum as they push to break the standoff over calling new witnesses.

As the visitors’ gallery filled with guests, actress-and-activist Alyssa Milano among them, and Trump’s most ardent House allies lining the back rows, the day quickly took on the cadence of a trial …read more

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Hillary Clinton reverses course and says she ‘will do whatever I can to support our nominee’

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Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton responded to criticism over comments she made about leading 2020 Democrat Bernie Sanders.
Clinton said in a documentary set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week that “nobody likes” Sanders in Washington.
She also declined in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter to pledge support for Sanders if he became the nominee.
On Tuesday, Clinton responded to her comments on Twitter, saying that she will support whoever the nominee is no matter what.
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded on Tuesday to criticism over comments she made about leading 2020 Democrat Bernie Sanders, saying that she will support whoever the nominee is no matter what.

In footage taken for a four-part Hulu documentary set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week, Clinton criticized Sanders, saying that “nobody likes him” in Washington.

“He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him,” Clinton said in the documentary series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney, and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.”

Clinton also would not explicitly commit to supporting Sanders if he became the Democratic nominee.

“I’m not going to go there yet,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. “We’re still in a very vigorous primary season.”

On Tuesday evening, Clinton defended her words, saying that she was just providing her “authentic” outlook on the upcoming election season — and she clarified support for the Democratic nominee.

“I thought everyone wanted my authentic, unvarnished views!” she wrote on Twitter.

“But to be serious, the number one priority for our …read more

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