Mr. Home Run King himself was declared not guilty on all of the charges brought up against him except for one – obstruction of justice. Yes, this is a felony. Yes, he is a criminal and has been found guilty. But what does all of this mean?
Barry Bonds still holds the record for the most home runs hit by a single player in an entire career. This trial was not to determine whether or not Bonds actually took steroids. The evidence is pretty well conclusive and difficult to argue that he did not do so. However, this trial was put in place to determine whether or not Bonds committed perjury in his statements to the government on whether or not he used steroids and knew about it.
We heard numerous discussions about his trainer, a personal assistant who saw the shots being given, and teammates who claimed that Bonds knew his trainer was giving him steroids to improve his performance. In the end, most of this was smoke and mirrors to attempt to show the jury and the general public that Barry Bonds lied to all of us and was definitely aware that he intentionally cheated this sport.
Ok, so he’s guilty. What now? Bonds has already retired and will remain out of baseball. He will always be a national figure and will likely be in the spotlight yet again in some negative capacity over the next few years.
The conversation now turns to whether or not Barry Bonds should be voted into the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. He was a talented player who was never media friendly and quite possibly became the biggest detriment to the success of the San Francisco Giants for many of his last few years with the organization. It was not until after he left baseball that the Giants could begin making key acquisitions and ultimately won the World Series in 2010.
Bonds will not be voted in by the media for a spot in the Hall of Fame. He may have been one of the best players in the game, but just like Pete Rose, Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens, he has stained the virtues of this sport and tarnished baseball’s greatest hitting record. Bonds may not have been found guilty with many of his charges, but he will forever be considered guilty in the public trial where members of the media serve as judge, jury and executioner.