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The Worthiness of Bonds

Posted by Adam Graham on May 13, 2007

Tara Rowe doesn’t get people cheering for Bonds:

I read today in The Birmingham News that older fans of the game tend to defend Aaron, while younger fans are in favor of Bonds passing up the record (an inevitable milestone). I don’t necessarily agree. I, at the rightful age of twenty-two, am quite alarmed by the pouring out of support for Bonds. I suppose the argument can still be made that there is no hard proof that Bonds actually used steroids, but come on, have you looked at the man? I have a rookie card of Bonds who was much smaller then, though muscular and fit. Looking at him now, be in not for his one-of-a-kind smile, you wouldn’t know he was the same guy. His broad shoulders appear inches wider than they ever did when he was a rookie and the man is simply huge. Did he use steroids? I’d bet my life savings on it.

Usually doesn’t mean much to a college student, but I can understand her feelings. Bonds probably did use steroids and hasn’t been the greatest player in the game. Most young fans see the opportunity to witness history. Is this wrong?

I think the Bonds matter comes down to one thing. Did Barry cheat? Under the definition, we’re really looking at to cheat at Baseball, Barr would have to violate a “rule” or “regulation.” As Baseball didn’t ban steroids until at least the 2004 Season, how can we state he cheated. It might unsportmanslike but so was Ty Cobb sharpening his cleats.

Homw many Homers can you attribute to Steroids? Hitting a Home Run isn’t like weight lifting, some simpele physical task, but rather a complex one involving a variety of factors such as bat speed and where you hit the ball. Can steroids make you hit moe Home Runs or is psychological edge?

Since Bonds did not violate the rules of Baseball, I don’t see how he can at all be held accountable under Baseball rules and earn censure, particularly since the owners and writers in the 1990s knew baseball had a steroids problem.

I would never in a million years put Barry Bonds in a category with the all-time best. Never would he appear among the giants–Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, Rogers Hornsby, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, et al.

I would. The numbers are amazing 500 homers/500 Stolen Bases (no one other than him has even done 400/400) He was a great fielder and probably one of the players teams try to pitch around most. Steroids or no, Barry is a Hall of Famer.

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4 Responses to “The Worthiness of Bonds”

  1. Bonds is a Hall of Fame player. Or at least he was until he turned into a cartoon. Here’s a guy that could do it all and do it better than pretty much anyone else, and he traded it all so he could hit 73 home runs.

    I feel sorry for him. He apparently didn’t know how good he had it.

  2. Adam Graham [Member] said

    I don’t understand how using steroids can make him “not a Hall of Famer” if they weren’t against the rules.

  3. I don’t believe you can keep him out of the Hall based on steroids, since he has never tested positive. However, he obviously used them. That they were technically not against the rules is a cop-out, in my opinion.

    What’s so dissapointing about Bonds is that he didn’t need them. Sure, he probably wouldn’t have hit 73 or broken Aaron’s record. But he still would have been the only 500-500 player ever and a great defensive player. He could have been the example of the complete baseball player, rather than the hulking McGwire/Sosa swing and miss homerun hitter. The steroid scandal would have helped his case even more as the greatest player ever. Instead, he chose to become just another cheater.

  4. Adam Graham [Member] said

    I don’t think it’s a cop out, I think it’s a fact. Everybody knew. It was the big wink wink of the baseball world and how much impact did it have. How many Home Runs does using steroids account for? Does it even help you hit homers? That’s what I question.

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