Barry Bonds says he ‘belongs’ in Cooperstown: ‘Why is the Hall of Fame punishing me?’

Barry Bonds̵7; name surfaced baseball hall of fame ballot for 10 years, and that has not been included.

players like roger clemens And Curt Schilling is at peace with not being included despite his good numbers. MLB’s home run king is clearly upset with his fate.

All of Bond’s numbers have been linked to performance-enhancing drugs. Bonds admitted to using BALCO “cream”, but has consistently claimed that he never took steroids or failed a drug test.

Those claims were also the subject of an investigation that ended with Bonds being convicted in 2011 of obstruction of justice stemming from the BALCO investigation and his grand jury testimony in 2003. However, that decision was overturned four years later.

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Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit career home run number 756 against Mike Bacic of the Washington Nationals on August 7, 2007, at AT&T Park in San Francisco. (Jade Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Noting that he is no longer convicted of a felony, and that he has never failed an MLB drug test, Bonds pointed out that the writers who voted him the NL MVP seven times during his playing career Voted, they made a mistake.

“Something people have to understand is the fact that I was exonerated,” Bonds said on the first episode of Blew’s “Hollywood Swingin'” with Stephen Bishop and Jerry Hairston Jr. “I went to court. I was in federal court.” , and I won my case. hundred percent. Where is my affirmation in my own game? That’s what bothers me.”

But after legal negotiations, Bonds said his statistics spoke for themselves, and that the writers unfairly penalized him and the suspended players in the game.

Bonds further said, “Major League Baseball, and let’s get this plain and straight, has no rules, and it has rules, whether they’re broken or not, there were rules, few rules.” “In my era, there were no rules. They changed the rules in 2003 or 2004, whenever the rules started changing, there were rules. Some people were blamed for those rules during the case of those rules.

“Well, Major League Baseball said that if you did X, you were suspended for X. … Based on what he’s accomplished, his numbers are still the same as when he got into the Hall of Fame. doesn’t deter the other part. It has nothing to do with it. … Major League Baseball has already punished you for those actions. Why is the Hall of Fame punishing me? It makes no sense It makes no sense that you are being punished twice for what you have already done.

“I’m in that Hall of Fame with my teammates. One hundred percent.”

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Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants kneels in the outfield as he waits for the start of play between innings against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on April 8, 2004. (Steve Grayson/WireImage)

Most voters rejected Bond’s association with steroids. In a poll for his final year in 2022, 66.0% of writers voted for his inclusion. A player needs 75% to be included.

However, those who were opposed shunned him for not being, by Bonds’ own admission, “the best clubhouse person”.

“Because it’s a business, and people don’t understand that I take it on as a business,” Bonds said last month on “R2C2 with Ryan Ruocco and CC Subathia.” “Most teams, everyone thought I was being stupid—. But I really – I wasn’t at all. I love you, I respect you, I will help you in any aspect I won’t tell you what. I do it because we don’t know how long we’ve been teammates. And the factor in a teammate is that you go to another team’s market to trade. have been, and then you will tell someone exactly what I told you.

“I won’t tell anyone what I do. I won’t tell you what I see. I’ll have normal conversations to help you, but I don’t know how long we’ll be teammates.” And this is a business, so I protect my business. I wasn’t being an idiot, I wasn’t trying to be an idiot. It was just, ‘Hey Barry, what do you see?’ I see a pitcher. ‘What does he throw?’ Balls and strikes. And they’re like, ‘Why do you have to be d—?’ And I say, ‘Why are you taking it personal?'”

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San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds hits his 663rd home run during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at SBC Park on April 17, 2004 in San Francisco. (Michael Zagaris/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Bonds’ potential installation status at Cooperstown now depends on other committees in the hall. He was not elected by the Veterans Committee last December.

His 73 homers in 2001 and his 232 walks, 120 intentional passes and .609 on-base percentage in 2004 remain single-season records. Bonds is also the only member of the 350–350 club in MLB history. He had 762 home runs and 514 stolen bases. His number 25 has been retired san francisco giants,

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His 2,558 moves and 688 intentional moves – more than perfect tampa bay rays franchise – both are MLB records, and his 1.051 OPS is the fourth best in MLB history behind Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig.

HBO announced in May This began production of a documentary that would expose Bonds, who remains one of the most polarizing baseball players of all time.