Barry Bonds and His Legacy

Giants slugger, Barry Bonds, used steroids. Shocker! A new book Game of Shadows, written by two San Francisco Chronicle reporters at the forefront of reporting on the BALCO steroid distribution scandal says so.

I knew this a long, long, time ago. I happened to be friends with one of Bonds’ old flames back on Los Angeles. Like any good scorned woman, she told all the dirt she could on Bonds. I won’t rehash it…sorry for those who want to hear about the juicy details.

Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Raffy Palmeiro, used the juice in their playing days.

Now the big question is how do you deal with each man’s candidacy for the Baseball Hall of Fame and their records. Each man has hit over 500 homers, long considered an automatic number to reach the Hall.

Did they cheat…yes. Was is illegal take steroids at the time? No, baseball did not have a policy.

I imagine all three will get in the Hall. Pitcher Gaylor Perry was a cheater…he got into Cooperstown. Last time I checked his records are all there with no asterisks.

Burleigh Grimes won 270 games as a pitcher…a spitball pitcher. The spitball was an illegal pitch.

Senator Jim Bunning admitted using a greaseball and spitter in his pitching days in Philly. Bunning is a Hall of Famer as is former Dodger ace, Don Drysdale, who Bunning said used a greaseball on the record. The Senator says Drysdale used it during his 58 scoreless innings streak.

Jason Giambi won the 2000 AL MVP award with the Oakland A’s and admitted to being on the juice. Same thing with Ken Caminiti in 1996, he won the NL MVP and later admitted to being on the juice. Those records are still standing.

Baseball has had cheaters for years. Let’s not act like these guys are criminals. Owners knew about this but they wanted the money and didn’t care.

McGwire is up for consideration this year. If he gets in on the first ballot I don’t see how Raffy and Bonds don’t since they had better numbers.

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