Wild question of the day….. Should Barry Bonds be in the Hall of Fame?
Well this marks the 7th consecutive year that he has not been voted in and I am starting to reconsider his entire situation. For years, people have passionately argued for excluding Bonds, Roger Clemens and other characters of baseball’s “steroid era.” He, as the others, have been viewed as lifetime cheaters by many (including me the last few years).
In spite, I decided to do some research into his career and I found a few interesting items. He started his career in 1986 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and then eventually maneuvered to the Giants where the bulk of his career is what most remember. What shocked me, however, is that he wasn’t in the dump with PEDs until the 2000s. With a further analysis of his career, he was Hall of Fame-caliber well before the allegations of PEDs.
All together, he was a seven-time MVP, 14-time All-Star, eight-time Gold Glove winner, 12-time Silver Slugger winner, two-time batting champion, three-time TSN Major League Player of the Year, the all-time leader in home runs (762), walks (2,558) and intentional walks (688), and still the only man to hit at least 400 home runs and steal at least 400 bases.
Now these were his stats from 1986-1998 (excluding his PEDs career in the 2000s):
• 411 home runs
• 403 doubles
• 63 triples
• 445 stolen bases
• 1,364 runs scored
• 1,216 RBI
• 3,679 total bases
• .966 OPS (164 OPS+)
In all honesty, a stellar career before any allegations!! The big things to emphasize is that his OPS was 10th highest in history! While the stats were great and still obviously not as high counting his possible PED years, that is one hell of a career to that point.
Overall, I am starting to rethink my stance on Bonds and so should Cooperstown. YES, he cheated. YES, he lied. YES, becasue of it he’s the record holder for home runs. That will be the stain to his name.
But before he stained his name, he most definetly built a power to it and that is what should be recognized as well.