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Hank Aaron: Barry Bonds is the real home run champ

Aug 14, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

Hank Aaron, speaking in Milwaukee yesterday:

“Let’s face it. You look at the stats and Barry Bonds is on top. He got more home
runs than I got and he legitimately should be the home run champ.”

In light of even Hank admitting that you can’t mess with history, can we please put all of the asterisk, or “real home run champ” business to rest now?

That doesn’t mean you can’t think anything you want about Barry Bonds — feel free.  It’s just that an entry in a record book isn’t a value judgment. It’s a chronicle of what happened. And no matter what you think of Barry Bonds, he did hit all of those home runs.

  1. viola robinson - Aug 14, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    I am a Barry Bonds fan and i believe with all the players in baseball that have been proven to have taken steroids like 3 of the most popular players and most high PAID players why are you not speaking about them. Leave Barry alone. Have they proven that he took steroids or was that just the raving of a woman skorn.

  2. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Aug 14, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    First, good good use some punctuation when you post a message. It makes it far easier to read.
    And yes, Bonds took steroids. There’s the physical appearance, (1990 at 26) http://us.ebid.net/perl/auction.cgi?mo=auction&auction=9258075&from=googlebase vs (2001) http://i.cdn.turner.com/sivault/multimedia/photo_gallery/0809/mlb.dominant.hitting.seasons/images/barry-bonds-2001(lovero).jpg. Then there’s the statistical improbability of hitting 73HR’s at age 37 – http://kermittheblog.wordpress.com/2007/05/10/beisbol-been-barry-barry-good-to-uh-barry/.
    Or you can believe the report that his ’03 steroid test was retested and detected THG in it. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/2009/02/03/2009-02-03_barry_bonds_2003_urine_samples_believed_.html
    If you choose to not believe any of this, I have a bridge in St. Louis I am looking to sell.

  3. John Pileggi - Aug 14, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Agreed. Asterisks and other editorials in the record books are not needed. When we look at other baseball records (Cy Young’s win total, for example), we know that the conditions under which those numbers were accumulated do not and will not exist again. Yet we need no explanation for them, and they do not diminish what Greg Maddux and Tom Seaver have done. I think perhaps a more fitting outcome of the Steroids Era would be the enshrinement of Roger Maris in the Hall of Fame. We now know that Bonds, McGwire and Sosa’s achievements were medically-aided. It makes Mr. Maris’s Home Run Record in 1961 even more notable. No one has approached that total “unaided” and while Hall of Fame credentials are typically based on long and dominant careers, the magnitude of what Maris did in 1961 now appears even more impressive.

  4. Jacob - Aug 14, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    You can’t vote Maris in the HOF for 1961. The guy has fewer than 300 HRs, 900 RBIs, and 1400 hits, and his slash stats aren’t impressive. He’ll always be remembered for the 61 homers, but that doesn’t warrant inclusion in the HOF – not in my mind, nor in the minds of the HOF itself, which specifically instructs voters not to include players for one specific feat.

  5. Bob Tufts - Aug 14, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Maris may have received steroids from Mickey Mantle – Mantle missed games in 1961 due to an abcess (think Clemens/McNamee) and according to a new book by Zev Chafetz, Mickey received injections from the same dcotor that gave steroids to JFK.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4192628
    Perhaps Maris is not “clean” also?

  6. Clay Kisicki - Feb 1, 2010 at 3:31 AM

    I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.

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