posted on Mar, 7 2006 @ 04:07 PM
And the above argument, which is tiresome beyond words at this point, makes no sense. Once using a corked bat is no parallel at all to what Bonds has
done. Neither is using pep pills. ("Hey, you shoplifted a bunch of candy; I embezzled $500,000; we're both criminals!")
As for Perry, I've said repeatedly, in here and in real life, that his election was the Hall of Fame's single most disgraceful moment. I just hope it
stays that way, after Palmeiro, McGwire, Sosa, etc., become eligible. Like it or not, Bonds belongs in, and either in his first year, or, perhaps to
make a point, in his second. But on his LEGITIMATE numbers, he's a clear first-year Hall member. And I'm pretty much an MLB stats expert, so I'm not
just blowing gas.
Also, we're talking about cheating to HELP one's team, NOT about laying down to HURT one's team, a la Joe Jackson and apparently Cobb, Speaker and a
hell of a lot of other Dead Ball greats. Unlike throwing games, I don't think this kind of cheating is, per se, an automatic ban from the Hall. It
IS if you've got nothing left once the cheating is subtracted. But take away Bonds' cheating and you've still got a clear Hall of Famer. In fact,
I'll be so gauche as to say this:
Bonds is as hated as Kirby Puckett was beloved in his playing days. But if you take Bonds' first 12 years (the length of Puckett's career), and
compare him to Puckett's career, it is a NO CONTEST. I'll leave it to Hootie to lay out all the stats, but the two biggies in my book, on-base and
slugging, aren't even close, and neither is the new state-of-the-art stat, Runs Created.
And yes, Kirby was a very good CF for his size, but Bonds was the greatest defensive LF of all time, except perhaps for some ancient player who played
somewhere like Griffith Stadium, where LF was as huge as CF and required a huge throwing arm (see, e.g., Goose Goslin).