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Next in line is one that we don't have just whispers that he used PEDs. Barry Bond used...well, he likely used everything. This is Barry's fourth time on the ballot. Last year he was on 36.8% of the players ballots. You all know the numbers, he won

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Would you vote Barry Bonds into the Hall of Fame?

He was kind of skinny at one time, but then, that's true about a lot of us.
He was kind of skinny at one time, but then, that's true about a lot of us.
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Next in line is one that we don't have just whispers that he used PEDs. Barry Bond used...well, he likely used everything.

This is Barry's fourth time on the ballot. Last year he was on 36.8% of the players ballots.

You all know the numbers, he won the MVP award 7 times (and likely should have won it more), made 14 All-Star teams and has 8 Gold Gloves.  Baseball Reference has him number 2 in WAR, among position players,  in baseball history, at 158.1, trailing just Babe Ruth. He's the all-time leader in home runs (762), walks (2558) and intentional walks (688).

And he used steroids and he was (is) a jerk. Not that we don't have a lot of jerks in the Hall of Fame. If there was a jerk quotient (some way of quantify jerkness), let's face it, Ty Cobb and several others would have 10 times the number Bonds' number.

I have a hard time with writers being holy than thou over steroids when they ignored the problem. And, let's face it, we all cheered when they were hitting home runs. I think Bonds would have Hall of Fame numbers even if he didn't use.