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1C. Barry Bonds

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You may have noticed many sportswriters who have a Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball drink a little more these days. The PED question is now completely unavoidable with the new wave of eligible candidates as the sport’s biggest stars of the last two decades are now eligible for Hall of Fame enshrinement.

It is not that our baseball list has not been controversial in the past. We have already put it through serious revisions when we created a “1a” and a “1b” to accommodate the fact that both Pete Rose and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson are both ineligible for the Hall due to gambling. A thought crossed our mind to create a list if eligible players who were caught (or suspected) of using PEDs, but there is one fact that cannot be ignored: these players ARE eligible for the Hall of Fame, and as such we have elected to treat as an “era” of the sport. It is with this in mind that Barry Bonds has become our number one (ok, 1c) selection for this year’s Notinhalloffame Baseball list.

It has been often said that Barry Bonds would have been a Hall of Famer prior to the period it is believed that he started taking Performance Enhancing Drugs. With excellent career numbers (both traditional and sabremetric) and three National League MVP Awards under his belt, the Cooperstown resume was already there. What has been speculated is that Bonds grew frustrated at the attention that Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire received during their famous chase of Roger Maris’ single season Home Run record, and that had he done the same things (PED) that they did, he could surpass there levels. Whether or not that history is correct, Bonds’ already impressive numbers reached stratospheric levels and he completely dominated the Steroid Era.

We don’t have to tell you all the statistics. A first look shows seven MVPs, the career Homer Run and Walks mark, and top five career tallies in Runs, RBIs, WAR and OPS, and that is without going into great depth. We also don’t have to tell you that Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro (others tainted with PEDs) have colossally failed to get the writer’s support for the Hall, and there is no evidence to show they will change their minds. However, the fact is that Barry Bonds was a better player than those two superstars and if any player from that era deserves to get in, it is Barry Bonds.

We would have no problem casting a vote for Bonds for the Hall of Fame if we were ever granted a ballot, as evidenced by his selection to the top of our list. We would however understand if you wouldn’t.

The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Riverside, California, U.S.A.

Eligible Since:




Played for:
Pittsburgh Pirates

San Francisco Giants

Major Accolades and Awards:
NL MVP (7) (1990, 1992, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004)
14 Time All Star (1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2007)
Silver Slugger (12) (NL) (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004)
Gold Glove (8) (NL) (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997 & 1998)
Batting Titles (2) (NL) (2002 & 2004)
Highest On Base Percentage (10) (NL) (1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 & 2007)
Highest Slugging Percentage (7) (NL) (1990, 1992, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004)
Most Runs Scored (1) (NL) (1992)
Most Total Bases (1) (NL) (1993)
Most Home Runs (2) (NL) (1993 & 2001)
Most Runs Batted In (1) (NL) (1993)
Most Walks (12) (NL) (1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 & 2007)
Highest WAR for Position Players (10) (NL) (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002 & 2004)
Highest OPS (9) (NL) (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004)

Other Points of Note:
Other Top Ten MVP Finishes: (Won 1990, 1992, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004)
(NL: 1991, 2nd), (NL: 1994, 4th), (NL: 1996, 5th), (NL: 1997, 5th), NL: 1998, 8th & (NL: 2000, 2nd)
6  Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
17 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
15 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
17 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
1  Top Ten Finish (Most Hits)
12 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
5  Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
3  Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
15 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
10 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
17 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
9  Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
17 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
17 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)

Notable All Time Rankings:
1.     Home Runs: 762
1.     Walks: 2,558
2.    WAR for Position Players: 171.8
3.     Runs Scored: 2,227
4.     OPS: 1.051
4.     On Base Percentage: .444
4.     Total Bases: 5,976
4.     Runs Batted In: 1,996
6.     Slugging Percentage: .607
14.   Doubles: 601
32.   Hits: 2,935
33.   Stolen Bases: 514
Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

Should Be Inducted As A:

San Francisco Giant

Should Barry Bonds be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 43.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 43.8%


+4 #1 metalkiwis 2012-12-15 09:32
Maybe if he goes in as a Pirate people will think more about how great he was before the steroid era.

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