It’s Time to Vote Barry Bonds Into the Baseball Hall of Fame

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It's Time to Vote Barry Bonds Into the Baseball Hall of Fame

As the world series gets ready to start (I’ll be cheer­ing for Dave Roberts and the Dodgers) I think it’s a good time to revisit an issue hang­ing over baseball.

I’m not a fan of the steroids era in base­ball, I think it put play­ers in a posi­tion where they had a choice of a chance to make mil­lions or not and, in my opin­ion risked their health in mak­ing the wrong choice. I also think that base­ball took too long to clean itself up and put in rules to change things.

Nev­er­the­less I think it’s time to put Barry Bonds in the Base­ball Hall of Fame and have seven good rea­sons for doing so.

First of all let’s remem­ber that before he got on the juice it must be remem­bered and acknowl­edged that he had already put up Hall of fame stats. He was one of the most excit­ing play­ers in the game, in the field, at the plate and on the basepads. He had won 3 MVP’s If he had retired before the start of the 20th cen­tury there is no ques­tion that he would have been a first bal­lot hall of famer.

Sec­ond of all his post 2000 stats didn’t take place in a vac­uum. Bonds was hardly the only player juic­ing I don’t doubt that there were plenty of peo­ple on the mound who he faced that were juiced, plenty of peo­ple in the field defend­ing against him who were juiced, yet he not only put up mon­ster stats, he put up mon­ster stats beyond all of those other play­ers who were juic­ing just as much as he was.

Third of all it hits me that a lot of the back­lash against Bonds is that frankly he seems a bit of an arro­gant ass. As true as that might be his job as a base­ball player was to pro­duce runs and boy did he do so.

Fourth of all in the end Base­ball never sus­pended him for break­ing the rules, nor has he been con­victed of any crime. All of the games he played in were legal games that counted in the stand­ings and unless you want to alter the record of every sin­gle game ever played no about of out­rage will strip him of a sin­gle hit, run, homer or walk.

Fifth of all I think he’s already been pun­ished. By every ratio­nal stan­dard Barry Bonds should have been signed after the 2007 sea­son yet he remained unsigned despite lead­ing the league in walks and onbase per­cent­age. His break­ing of the all time HR record is the least cel­e­brated per­for­mance (and hold­ing of the all time walks both inten­tional and unin­ten­tional) are con­signed to the dust­bin of his­tory. He is likely the least cel­e­brated great player in the his­tory of the game

Sixth of all I can’t get over the stats on walks. In the 21st cen­tury Barry Bonds came to the plate 3465 time and of those 3465 times pitch­ers walked him either inten­tion­ally or unin­ten­tion­ally 1379 times. If those had been hits that would come out to a bat­ting avg of .397 with­out tak­ing a sin­gle swing. That’s over a freak­ing seven year period (one of which was short­ened by injury) and it’s with­out flex­ing a sin­gle steroid enhanced muscle.

Sev­enth of all I think the game can’t get the steroids era behind it until we vote Bonds in, acknowl­edge of all the juicers he was the great­est beyond com­pare and be done with it. I think the best way to do so would be to do it sooner rather than later. it’s the best thing for the game in the short and long run.

I think these seven rea­sons good rea­sons should be enough to carry the day.

Now here is the one bad rea­son why I think the sports­writ­ers, still out­raged by Bonds will even­tu­ally vote him into the Hall:

Vot­ing Bonds into the Hall of Fame would be the final and most effec­tive way for those who hate him in the game to humil­i­ate him one more time.

It has been said that the rea­son why Bonds started juic­ing was because he felt upstaged in both finan­cial and fan recog­ni­tion by play­ers like McGuire and Sosa who had pro­duced power by steroids. This griev­ance drove him right up until his last at bat. I might be wrong but in my opin­ion said men­tal­ity is now com­fort­able to him. He can point to his stats, his suc­cess and the game’s unwill­ing­ness to acknowl­edge him as one of the great­est ever to play as proof that Base­ball was out to get him and humil­i­ate him.

He has now been on the bal­lot 5 times and in 2017 drew 53.8% of the vote. Next year it’s likely that Clip­per Jones, Trevor Hoff­man and Vlad Guer­rero (and hope­fully Omar Visquel) will make it in while he slowly inches up toward 60% in his 6th year on the bal­lot. By the time Ichrio makes in on the first bal­lot Bonds will likely be in his 13th year of eli­gi­bil­ity and might have finally bro­ken the 70%.

Can you imag­ine how he will feel if he finally makes it in say his 14th year squeak­ing by with 75.1% of the vote? Can you pic­ture him get­ting on the stage at Coop­er­stown and hav­ing to thank all those who kept him off the bal­lot for so many years for acknowl­edg­ing what he had already done and grudg­ingly let him in the door?

I think that is their last chance to put the knife in, it’s a cruel and dis­hon­or­able rea­son to do it, which is why I sus­pect it will be the rea­son why it will be done.

As the world series gets ready to start (I’ll be cheering for Dave Roberts and the Dodgers) I think it’s a good time to revisit an issue hanging over baseball.

I’m not a fan of the steroids era in baseball, I think it put players in a position where they had a choice of a chance to make millions or not and, in my opinion risked their health in making the wrong choice. I also think that baseball took too long to clean itself up and put in rules to change things.

Nevertheless I think it’s time to put Barry Bonds in the Baseball Hall of Fame and have seven good reasons for doing so.

First of all let’s remember that before he got on the juice it must be remembered and acknowledged that he had already put up Hall of fame stats. He was one of the most exciting players in the game, in the field, at the plate and on the basepads. He had won 3 MVP’s If he had retired before the start of the 20th century there is no question that he would have been a first ballot hall of famer.

Second of all his post 2000 stats didn’t take place in a vacuum. Bonds was hardly the only player juicing I don’t doubt that there were plenty of people on the mound who he faced that were juiced, plenty of people in the field defending against him who were juiced, yet he not only put up monster stats, he put up monster stats beyond all of those other players who were juicing just as much as he was.

Third of all it hits me that a lot of the backlash against Bonds is that frankly he seems a bit of an arrogant ass. As true as that might be his job as a baseball player was to produce runs and boy did he do so.

Fourth of all in the end Baseball never suspended him for breaking the rules, nor has he been convicted of any crime. All of the games he played in were legal games that counted in the standings and unless you want to alter the record of every single game ever played no about of outrage will strip him of a single hit, run, homer or walk.

Fifth of all I think he’s already been punished. By every rational standard Barry Bonds should have been signed after the 2007 season yet he remained unsigned despite leading the league in walks and onbase percentage. His breaking of the all time HR record is the least celebrated performance (and holding of the all time walks both intentional and unintentional) are consigned to the dustbin of history. He is likely the least celebrated great player in the history of the game

Sixth of all I can’t get over the stats on walks. In the 21st century Barry Bonds came to the plate 3465 time and of those 3465 times pitchers walked him either intentionally or unintentionally 1379 times. If those had been hits that would come out to a batting avg of .397 without taking a single swing. That’s over a freaking seven year period (one of which was shortened by injury) and it’s without flexing a single steroid enhanced muscle.

Seventh of all I think the game can’t get the steroids era behind it until we vote Bonds in, acknowledge of all the juicers he was the greatest beyond compare and be done with it. I think the best way to do so would be to do it sooner rather than later. it’s the best thing for the game in the short and long run.

I think these seven reasons good reasons should be enough to carry the day.

Now here is the one bad reason why I think the sportswriters, still outraged by Bonds will eventually vote him into the Hall:

Voting Bonds into the Hall of Fame would be the final and most effective way for those who hate him in the game to humiliate him one more time.

It has been said that the reason why Bonds started juicing was because he felt upstaged in both financial and fan recognition by players like McGuire and Sosa who had produced power by steroids. This grievance drove him right up until his last at bat. I might be wrong but in my opinion said mentality is now comfortable to him. He can point to his stats, his success and the game’s unwillingness to acknowledge him as one of the greatest ever to play as proof that Baseball was out to get him and humiliate him.

He has now been on the ballot 5 times and in 2017 drew 53.8% of the vote. Next year it’s likely that Clipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman and Vlad Guerrero (and hopefully Omar Visquel) will make it in while he slowly inches up toward 60% in his 6th year on the ballot. By the time Ichrio makes in on the first ballot Bonds will likely be in his 13th year of eligibility and might have finally broken the 70%.

Can you imagine how he will feel if he finally makes it in say his 14th year squeaking by with 75.1% of the vote? Can you picture him getting on the stage at Cooperstown and having to thank all those who kept him off the ballot for so many years for acknowledging what he had already done and grudgingly let him in the door?

I think that is their last chance to put the knife in, it’s a cruel and dishonorable reason to do it, which is why I suspect it will be the reason why it will be done.