Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bonds trial could either make or break his Hall of Fame case

The Barry Bonds' perjury trial is beginning, and while it may seem like old news because Bonds hasn't played for several years, it is one of the most significant events in baseball history when it comes to how we view the greatest player of all time.
Statistically, Bonds has no equal. It's not even close. And in the minds of many, his stats haven't been tainted because "nothing has been proven," at least in a court of a law. That could change. Or it could change on the other end, because if Bonds is found not guilty, it would certainly make it more difficult to not think his statistics are legitimate.
As for the Hall of Fame, and Bonds inclusion, I would think this trial would have a significant impact on most voters.
Myself included.

6 Comments:

Blogger Fred Brill said...

It would have helped Bonds greatly if he hadn't been such a ...err ... if he were a bit more ... likeable.

People will suport a likeable cheat rather than a egotistical saint. Politics proves this time and time again.

12:27 PM 
Blogger 4bananas said...

i understand giving people the benefit of the doubt until they're proven guilty, but i don't see how anyone can think he didn't do it. jumping to conclusions or not, the guy just doesn't pass the eye test.

7:26 PM 
Blogger Ken said...

Pat, don't understand how this case matters in the view of Bonds accomplishments. He has ADMITTED to using PED's. This trial and his rebuttal is that he did NOT KNOW that they were PED's when Greg Anderson gave them to him. So, he HAS USED PED's to generate his numbers. Even if you believe his laughable argument, ignorance is no excuse. His records should be VOIDED !!! He's a CHEATER !!!!!!!

4:25 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
No doubt. Jason Giambi is much more liked than Bonds, confessed, was contrite and quickly forgiven in the court of public opinion. Bonds and Roger Clemens have been symbols of overly-arrogant athletes and neither have come clean nor been contrite, so they are viewed as phonies by the public.
Caputo

11:32 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

4bananas,
I agree with you about that. But this trial should lessen the ambiguity about what Bonds did or didn't do, and what he has been lying about.
Caputo

11:34 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Ken,
Well, lets put it this, way there is an awful lot of smoke regarding Barry Bonds. It wouldn't surprise me if it soon turns into a fire.
Caputo

11:36 AM 

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