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Why Barry Bonds Should Be In The Hall of Fame

Why Barry Bonds should be in the hall of fame
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Why Barry Bonds should be in the Hall Of Fame.

I know what many people think when they read this title. And it’s along the lines of “He cheated.” Now, I know Barry played in and took part in the height of the “Steroid Era”. In this period, from the 90’s to the early 2000’s, there were more players than ever before using PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs). Bonds also played along with Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. And they made the 90’s look like a Home Run Derby every year, hitting sixty homers a year like it was nothing. Below, I will give you two reasons why Barry Bonds needs to be in the hall of fame, despite his PED usage.

His Stats – Why Barry Bonds should be in the Hall of Fame

Barry’s stats are off the charts, and it’s not just his home runs. Bonds was an all-around player. From the years 1999-2004, Bonds was arguably playing the best baseball of his life, and probably the most significant stretch of any baseball player ever. Bonds posted a 55 WAR (Wins Above Replacement, a stat used to sum up a player’s total contributions to his team). He also had a .328 batting average, with 292 home runs, 672 RBIs, and 945 walks. Bonds led the league in walks from 2000-2004, and he has almost 400 more career walks than Ricky Henderson, who has the second-highest (Bonds’ 2,558 to Henderson’s 2,190). Bonds also has the 4th highest WAR of all time with 162.8. He has the most walks and intentional walks of all time. He has the 6th highest RBI and slugging percentage total, hitting .298 for his career.

Oh, yea and the 762 home runs he hit are the most in MLB’s history.

Letting other players in – Why Barry Bonds should be in the Hall of Fame

The MLB has already let in Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez and Jeff Bagwell. These are guys who also played in the era who never admitted to using PEDs, but were widely suspected of it. But the MLB also has Roger Clemens, who also had a great career in the MLB as a pitcher. Clemons also played in that time frame and got using PEDs. A lot more players are coming out now that played. In that era that the MLB was suspect if they used PEDs or not. But to me, if you want my opinion, even if these guys did use PEDs, which is totally against MLB’s policy. I get that, but you still have to hit the ball. And what I mean by that is when the ball comes at you at 100 MPH, which most of the time nowadays it does.

So you can take as many PEDs as you want; you still have to have the talent to hit the ball, and Bond’s was talented and put up a great career.

Conclusion

Looking at Barry Bonds’ stats always brings a smile to my face. But, at the same time, it makes me kind of sad. Because Bonds still doesn’t have his name written down in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Yes, you are right, he cheated.. But I think one day the voters for the Hall of Fame will look back on Barry Bonds and realize he was a once in a lifetime type of player and that his name should be in the history books along with Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, and Ken Griffey Jr.

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