Stats: .298 BA 2935 H 762 HR 1996 RBI
Team(s): Pirates, Giants
Accomplishments: 7x MVP, 14x All-Star, 8x Gold Glove, 12x Silver Slugger, All-Time Leader in HRs (762), Most HRs in a Single Season (73)
Let's get one thing clear. Before Barry was suspected of using steroids he was already headed for Cooperstown. He hit 30 or more home runs in thirteen consecutive seasons from 1992-2004, joined the 40/40 club in 1996 and was the second best player in baseball in the early part of that run behind only Ken Griffey Jr. He was flying under the radar until he started looking like Mr. Met and the BALCO scandal erupted in everyone's face. Barry was never caught red-handed and hasn't admitted to being a user yet, but anybody with a brain could tell he was using.
In 2002, he became the oldest player to win a batting title at 37 and he repeated the feat at 39. Mainly because every pitcher was scared shitless to pitch to him and felt it was safer to walk him. When most players start to break down in their mid-30s, Bonds was averaging 40 HRs a year. In 2007, he broke Hank Aaron's all-time HR record when he hit #756 on August 7. The founder of this here magazine bought the ball for 750 stacks, branded it with an asterisk and donated it to Cooperstown. All speculation aside, Barry should be allowed in the Hall. If baseball tries to erase his numbers, they would have to do the same for the pitchers that threw to him. Everyone knows the controversy surrounding him and that should be enough shame.