Former Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds did not receive enough votes to be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year. In fact, Bonds, along with Roger Clemens and Jack Morris, lost a percentage of votes after the Baseball Writers Association of America voted Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas into the Hall this year. The three choices are phenomenal and deserve every vote, but to snub the all-time leader in home runs again is a bit outrageous.
Regardless of steroid use, Bonds had a massive impact on the game during his time with both the Pirates and the Giants. Toward the latter stages of his career, Bonds won four straight National League MVP awards from 2001-2004. In those years he led the league in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, walks and on-base plus slugging. Not to mention that he broke the single-season home run mark in 2001 and holds the all-time home run record, all-time walks record and all-time intentional walks record.
The stigma of steroid use takes away from every phenomenal feat that Bonds accomplished. Not only did everyone want to watch Bonds, but everyone wanted him to become great; and for a long time he was. His seven MVP awards, including two with the Pirates, should be enough to get him in. Bonds owned the steroid era, and in the period that everyone and their mother was accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, Bonds was still able to be larger than life.
Reasons for putting Jacque Jones or Kenny Rogers on a ballot are plain irresponsible.
When PED users went up against fellow PED users in an era when baseball turned the other cheek to those PED users, Bonds reigned supreme. He did not kill anyone or the sport itself. Him along with Clemens and others made baseball fun to watch. Bonds is a Hall of Famer in my book.