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June 27, 2008

Barry Bonds offers to play for free.:
My opinion on Bonds is no secret, however I noticed this tidbit in the paper yesterday and have been meaning to post about it. Barry Bonds' agent has offered his services to all 30 teams, at a pro-rated salary of the league minimum (at this point, about $200,000 total), even offering to play for free by donating that salary to buying tickets for the game; his trial date isn't until next March, so he would not be prevented from playing.

Despite this, apparently Barry's agent has received no interest, bolstering claims that the league is colluding to prevent him being hired.


posted by hincandenza to baseball at 09:32 PM - 78 comments

I mention this because I can't help but think this is a collusion not unlike 1985-1987; with a lot of close races, there's zero reason at least one team hasn't jumped at a player who:

  • Is historically probably the greatest hitter that ever lived
  • Is not apparently injured
  • Is in no way legally prevented from playing; his one legal issue, the perjury charge, will not have further action one way or another until after the season ends
  • Is not the only alleged steroid user; others named in the Mitchell Report are currently playing.
  • Most convincingly, had this performance last year:
G____AB___R___H__2B__3B__HR__RBI__BB___SO__AVG___OBP___SLG___OPS_ 126__340__75__94__14__0__28__66___132__54_.276__.480__.565__1.045
There is zero good reason an eligible, healthy player who hit 28 HR with a 1.045 OPS the previous season should be unsigned by any team currently in playoff contention.

posted by hincandenza at 09:48 PM on June 27

With all that has happened since the steroid scandal, it is still amazing to me that Bonds is still around trying to pedal his services. He is a great player, no doubt about it, but the others have all dropped out or retired, Sosa, Macgwire, Canseco,..etc. With out the conviction and trial date looming, I am mildly surprised that no one has made an offer for bonds services. He can still hit the ball, why not take a chance and see what happens?

posted by blackdog1968 at 09:50 PM on June 27

Any team that picks up Bonds risks the posibility of losing fans. The fans are the ones that buy the $10 pisswater and $7 franks etc... I just can't see any team's fans reacting well to "their team" signing Barry Bonds. I think Barry pretty much black-balled himself. People don't like cheaters, period.

posted by docshredder at 10:17 PM on June 27

I'd say it's common sense more than collusion. You've got a player who: A) Is a well noted asshole B) Is in quite a bit of legal trouble C) Is of no use for publicity due to him no longer chasing any records. Hardly collusion for any manager in their right mind to want to stay the fuck away from him. What next? Claims they're not hiring him because he's black?

posted by Drood at 10:20 PM on June 27

Steriods aside, wish somebdy would pick him up. Enjoy watching swinging the bat as if it was a toothpick. Many alledged steriods users playing today. Why not Bonds? Cardinals sure could have used him when Pujols was out.

posted by giveuptheghost at 10:21 PM on June 27

Tampa Bay was rumored to be interested in Bonds during spring training. Now with them having their first team with a chance at the playoffs and a DH spot that could use his bat, they should reconsider it. Their attendance is so bad it wouldn't hurt and probably would help (plus able to use his salary to but tickets!). The only thing is the Rays have a good, upbeat clubhouse atmosphere and would Bonds upset that?

posted by Mr.Natural at 11:01 PM on June 27

Collusion... Now there's a nice big word. Is that what we should say when a group of people decide that one person is an idiot and decides not to have anything to do with them? Or that the person is a trouble maker, and should be left alone? As a third grade teacher, if THAT's the case, then I see plenty of "colluding" going on all the time. Hey I don't even like baseball. Barely know a thing about the teams, the stats, the players. BUT I do know that this guys has been talked about WAY too long and NOTHING really positive has been said. He broke a record, Oh right, that he probably cheated to get. He had drugs in his system, Oh right, that he didn't know he was taking. He's an all around ass, Oh right.... That's it I guess, Oh right. I say you just give up Barry. I dont think you can MAKE anyone hire you.... Or can you???

posted by emancipated107 at 11:29 PM on June 27

Emancipated107: Well said. It's THAT perception that is the reason he ain't playing. Not collusion or any such other absurd conspiracy.

posted by Drood at 11:35 PM on June 27

I'm really shocked. I've long believed that the vast majority of teams (in any sport) would take a player of Bonds' caliber when the price was right regardless of their list of crimes. I'd like to take this as proof that I was wrong but it's really hard not to be suspicious instead.

posted by captaincavegirl at 11:46 PM on June 27

I think the Mariners should take him up on his offer. Worst record in the Majors, whats the worst that could happen by letting Barry DH for free? They'd probably profit from it because of the crowds he would draw. He may be the most hated man in baseball, but people will still pay to see him. Hell, I would, and I can't stand him.

posted by freeze_over98 at 11:47 PM on June 27

Any team that picks up Bonds risks the posibility of losing fans. Except, of course, that isn't the case at all. Average attendance to Giants home games: (from Baseball Reference) 2004: 40,208 2005: 39,272 2006: 38,886 2007: 39,793 2008: 34,721 Well, maybe Giants fans are just crazy. How about fans at opposing stadiums when the Giants visit? (numbers found on another site) (in thousands per game) 2004: 36 2005: 31 (Barry misses most of season) 2006: 33 2007: 35 2008: 30 So obviously opposing fans still came out to see him, and just plain didn't care about the Giants after he was gone. I just can't see any team's fans reacting well to "their team" signing Barry Bonds. You know to what fans react well? Producing on the field and helping the team win. If Barry were to put up numbers a little lower than what he did in 2007, and the team he played for did well and made the playoffs, lots of "haters" would become "fans" real quick. A) Is a well noted asshole B) Is in quite a bit of legal trouble C) Is of no use for publicity due to him no longer chasing any records. Hardly collusion for any manager in their right mind to want to stay the fuck away from him. First off, part C is incorrect. Every home run he hits is a "record", and he's only - 4 RBI from 2,000 (4th player ever) - 14 games from 3,000 (9th player ever) - 24 bases away from 6,000 total bases (4th player ever) - 65 hits away from reaching the magical 3000-hit barrier As for A and B, I'm therefore shocked that a team like the Phillies (and their fans) would have Brett Myers, or the Red Sox would have Julio Lugo. Unless, of course, fans think alleged spousal abuse (with signed statements from the victim) is more acceptable than alleged steroid use.

posted by grum@work at 12:05 AM on June 28

The one thing everyone seems to ignore is, Barry Bonds has never been convicted of anything. The Fed. has been after him over 4 years. They sent an indictment to a Federal Judge last winter. The Judge promptly sent it back to the Federal Prosecuter and told him to get an indictment with some substance to it. The Prosecution went back and tried to clean their act up. Strange, because a strong case seldom has this problem. I will not be surprised if they do not get a conviction on the evidence of 3.5 years getting it together only to have the Judge throw it right back at them. They have cleaned it up, but getting an indictment is a long distance from getting a conviction in a court of law. Bonds will have an excellent case for collusion, if he is not found guilty in the court. I for one believe the media has way, way to much control over the publics mind. Sorry to say this, but freedom of the press has become liscence of the press in our country. "Comments by a Guilty Bystander" Edward P. O'Brien

posted by Edward O'Brien at 12:11 AM on June 28

Barry could still be of some use to some team out there. His past and his bad image holds him back, but his numbers suggest otherwise. Of course it had better be an AL team, as all he could do is DH. Then, he would need to be on a proven winner or he would take games off. Of course he would have to have a chance to win this year. He would also need his own locker room with a giant TV and Playstation 3 that no one else is allowed to use or enter. With leather couches and recliners. It would need to be an invite only personal locker room, with of course none of his teammates invited into. It could have no young players that could be influenced. Sounds like a guy I would want to sign if I was trying to build a winning franchise.

posted by MMAFighter/Coach at 12:26 AM on June 28

Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys Owner) should buy a baseball team. He seems to have a knack for taking players with criminal records, bad attitudes, etc. and making them useful. Baseball doesn't have a team like that. Unless you count the Yankees (which I don't).

posted by freeze_over98 at 12:39 AM on June 28

personally, I think the league knows all too well what was going on with the steroids, so the teams know with 100% certainty that Bonds was on the juice. So, all of his records will eventually be swept away because unlike the others, he actually going to go to trial over it. (the records will stand, the asterisk will remain) I do think his drawing power is almost completely gone. I would not pay a nickel to see him play. All that said, I am surprised that no team has shown interest. I have noted on other posts that coaches forgive quickly when a player produces.

posted by dviking at 12:49 AM on June 28

What a country. The Feds can't lock up a guy who essentially committed treason by revealing the identity of a CIA agent. But they manage to nail Martha Stewart and now they're after Barry Bonds. It's a travesty. Who gives a big giant turd about this guy shooting steroids? No one seemed to care when Babe Ruth was boozing it up and nailing hookers two at a time. They're baseball players. Main question - can they play baseball? And Barry Bonds can. He should be playing. And the government should be chasing the folks who stole 9 billion dollars from taxpayers in Iraq.

posted by BxBruce at 01:51 AM on June 28

Maybe most major league teams would rather not have a prick in the clubhouse.

posted by jm_mosier at 06:30 AM on June 28

Well said Bx. From the Babe's boozing to Bradsaw's babbling, and I bet Bo knows too. And I'll bet that Pete....well, maybe I shouldn't. All of this hollier than thou stuff makes me sick. And oh by the way, I'm sure all the fans of baseball are saints. Who are we to judge one way or the other. I don't like Bonds any more that the next guy, but would I pay to see him play? Not unles you think my cable connection is free. I'd tune in all the same. Look at the story of Josh Hamilton. It took some forgiving and forgetting to let him shine "and boy is he ever shining". And if we think that Bonds is the only prick in locker rooms and clubhouses we are sadly mistaken. I'm sure there is a general manager somewhere out there that would take a chance on Bonds. But I get the feeling that MLB has unofficially made it taboo. It's a damned shame!

posted by amigo59 at 08:44 AM on June 28

I refuse to believe that there's no team out there that would hire Bonds because of his legal troubles and obnoxious personality. How many chances did Daryl Strawberry and Steve Howe get? How is it working out for the Rangers to have taken a shot on druggie Josh Hamilton? Bonds will be in uniform this summer after an AL team in the playoff hunt loses one or two big bats to injury.

posted by rcade at 08:59 AM on June 28

Strawberry, Howe and Hamilton (and numerous others in pro sports) all were involved with alcohol/drug abuse. None were accused of taking illegal drugs that enhanced their playing abilities. Seems we have a higher tolerance for idiots than we do cheaters. IMO.

posted by dviking at 10:27 AM on June 28

You know to what fans react well? Producing on the field and helping the team win. If Barry were to put up numbers a little lower than what he did in 2007, and the team he played for did well and made the playoffs, lots of "haters" would become "fans" real quick. Unlike you, I'd like to give fellow fans the benefit of the doubt. The only reason fans were drawn to the Giants games over the past few years is because it was like a chance to win the lottery every time Barry stepped to the plate. Now it's over and the fans are over it and him. As for A and B, I'm therefore shocked that a team like the Phillies (and their fans) would have Brett Myers, or the Red Sox would have Julio Lugo. Unless, of course, fans think alleged spousal abuse (with signed statements from the victim) is more acceptable than alleged steroid use. As far as that comment goes, you might be right. However the truth of the matter is that Barry is like TO in the clubhouse. A cancer. Let me know when TO wins a super bowl...

posted by docshredder at 11:45 AM on June 28

barry bonds is an ass, a cancer, blah blah blah. the man can hit. any AL team in the bottom half in the standings, or in offensive production, should jump at the chance to hire him for FREE. not only has he shown he can carry a team on his back when hot, even if other teams walk him, he is a baserunner. and by walking him they are forced to pitch to the following batter, which tends to increase their production. freeze made reference to jerry jones and the cowboys. i'd go back farther and point to al davis and the oakland raiders. their best teams were made up of cast offs and malcontents.

posted by shaggyhooch at 12:26 PM on June 28

As for A and B, I'm therefore shocked that a team like the Phillies (and their fans) would have Brett Myers, or the Red Sox would have Julio Lugo. Unless, of course, fans think alleged spousal abuse (with signed statements from the victim) is more acceptable than alleged steroid use. I understand where you are going with your comment, but, how many records have been broken because of spousal abuse? Steroids? The general fan base seems to have more tolerance for criminals than cheaters and liars. That is right, liars. Cheaters always will try to put the blame on someone else but at the same time they are first in line to take credit for the accomplishments.

posted by RAZORDODGER at 12:29 PM on June 28

They keep complaining about Bonds using steroids to bolster his numbers. But I have yet to hear a single complaint about when Doc Ellis threw a No-Hitter on Acid.

posted by freeze_over98 at 12:45 PM on June 28

I agree with grum. Regardless of what you think of the guy, he is _still_ amazing to watch. That kind of bat speed and coordination cannot be taught or (arguably) "enhanced". I remember barely catching a home run of his (shortly after he joined the Giants...at the "stick"...on a freezing cold Summer night) many years ago. The reason I barely caught it was because it left the field so quickly. Hit on a line, and still rising as it smashed into (and dented) the right field scoreboard. I'll never forget it. I've enjoyed watching Barry ever since, and have learned to ignore both his (sometimes) caustic personality and the kickback from it. (BTW, I think that's as much a part of his steroid scrutiny as is his alleged use.) To me, watching Barry play is like watching a force of nature, and I've missed it this season. I certainly hope that Barry finds a home!

posted by slackerman at 12:58 PM on June 28

If my team was 0 and 80 with a slugging % of 0 I still wouldn't consider having B.B. on my team. And anybody that don't believe he took steriods has their head in the sand. All the proof I need is in the photo albums and the stat books. You don't get older and improve. Take my word for it.

posted by Ironhead at 01:20 PM on June 28

How is it working out for the Rangers to have taken a shot on druggie Josh Hamilton? In the spirit of giving credit where it is due, I think the Reds are the team that took the shot on Josh Hamilton. The Rangers traded for a proven up-and-coming young player who had been sober for a few years. But yeah, other than that, point definitely taken. If Bonds will really accept those terms, then there is really no point in not giving him a try. Worst case scenario, he proves disruptive in the clubhouse, a distraction to the young performers, a fly in the ointment of team chemistry, etc., so you release him as quickly as you signed him. It doesn't cost the team squat in the grand scheme of baseball salaries, and the upside is potentially huge. Bonds' agent is obviously pushing this to bolster his collusion case. With all of the positive out there, and very little risk, there has got to be a reason why noone will take a chance on him. In team Bonds eyes, this will probably be absolute proof that there is something larger than a flimsy indictment or negative feelings toward him as a player.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:03 PM on June 28

The man is still one of the best hitters in baseball. Given the amount of douchebaggery allowed to even mediocre players, Bonds' upcoming trial is no reason for a team not to sign him, especially essentially for free. *pokes JP*

posted by wfrazerjr at 02:03 PM on June 28

Maybe most major league teams would rather not have a prick in the clubhouse. Really? Teams are still employing Milton Bradley, A.J. Pierzynski and Jeff Kent, to name only a few.

posted by grum@work at 02:34 PM on June 28

to all you loyal barry bonds fans.....GET OVER IT!!!!!!!! Hes a pariah in the clubhouse and only serves himself and his records. people may come out to see him because we all like to watch train wrecks. too much of a distraction for any club to concentrate on winning the world series. no colusion just common sense.

posted by draftdude1 at 02:35 PM on June 28

people may come out to see him because we all like to watch train wrecks No, (for me) it's because his swing is a thing of beauty.... I don't care whether he took steroids or not, or what (if any) of his records are valid. I just want to watch him swing the bat in a major league game again. I don't think I'm alone.

posted by slackerman at 03:20 PM on June 28

the guy is over..... no one want's this has been, let him play semi pro MAYBE SOME ONE WILL TAKE THIS BUM?

posted by dman at 05:45 PM on June 28

Barry isn't the only guy who can't get a job because of steroids. The former Oriole (who's name slips my mind) hasn't found a job either. I'm sure there are others as well. All of this is because of Barry's name and name only. Collusion? Try common sense. Every owner knows what they get with Barry. Why would you want that distraction? Get over it Barry. You had your run. It's over. Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, Good-Bye!!!!

posted by dbt302 at 06:35 PM on June 28

Wow, there's a LOT of ignorance on this thread. I don't know if it's racism, or just the fact that most people only know what they read in the papers, and thus think they "know" Barry Bonds. The truth is, Barry is still capable of being one of the top 10-20 hitters in the major leagues, right now. Calling him a has-been, etc, doesn't make it true: I posted his numbers from the last season, and they are stellar. He has never been convicted of anything- and his indictment is not for steroid use, it's for allegedly lying about it; shades of "It's not the blowjob in the Oval Office, it's the lying...". His steroid use has never been shown to be particularly egregious for this era, no more so than Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte for example. And lastly, his alleged "clubhouse poison" reputation is purely from bastards like Rick Reilly and others who have ground an axe against Bonds for years. All you ranting about how awful he is, how he'll "demand" a private dressing room, have never actually met the man. His teammates, Jeff Kent aside (who despite his white cowboy trucker good ol' boy reputation is apparently as much a jackass as anyone else), have never said Barry was a problem. His on-field performance has likewise been impeccable. And I think with 4 RBI and 65 hits to reach two big milestones along with his HR and BB records- and no championship ring- this gesture of "league minimum pro-rated salary donated to buying tickets for kids" certainly suggests he's not looking to be a prima donna. That the Red Sox, for example, haven't picked up Bonds is understandable; they don't have a place for him with Ortiz and Ramirez, and they have the depth to last while Ortiz is healing. The three spots Bonds might play- LF, DH, or even 1B- are already filled with top caliber players. The Red Sox are so deep that when Ortiz got hurt, J.D. Drew stepped up and crushed the ball in June. They literally have nowhere they could put Bonds. However, by my count at this the halfway point of the season, there are only 7 teams that are more than 8 games out in their division; out of those 23 teams that have at least some possibility of making a run, there are 18 teams that are within 2 games of .500. Can we really say none of these teams would benefit immensely from an extremely high OBP player with tremendous power and plate discipline? That having that additional pop in the lineup wouldn't benefit not only replacement, but the protection/adjustment that would ripple through the lineup? Given the playing time granted to known steroid users even this year, and the multiple changes to criminally charged players, it literally is nonsensical that no one has made an offer to Bonds- unless there is an unspoken, and illegal, agreement to not hire him this year.

posted by hincandenza at 07:02 PM on June 28

If there is collusion, who wins? That doesn't make any sense to me. I hate conspiracy theories.

posted by bobfoot at 08:11 PM on June 28

Wow Hal, pulling out the race card??? Look, I'll be the first to admit I know very little about this situation, more than, like you said, what I've heard or read. BUT let me ask you this, Is it so hard to belive that, there ARE many people on professional teams locked in by contract that they would LOVE to get rid of? (I'm sure there are) With Bonds, they had the chance to do what apparently they wanted to do and other teams seemed to have picked up on that. Is that so wrong? I mean what does that say?? As many people here have said, there are probably PLENTY of teams that can benefit from his offensive output. The problem seems to be that there is SOMETHING else, whatever it is, that makes it not worth it. No I don't "know" B Bonds... Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think you do either. I don't know if he should play or not. What I do know is there HAS to be some reason NO team in the MLB wants him, and whatever that reason is, I don't think it's right to say someone HAS to hire him.

posted by emancipated107 at 08:32 PM on June 28

If there is collusion, who wins? That doesn't make any sense to me. I hate conspiracy theories. Who wins? Bud Selig and the MLB head office. If Bonds was playing, reporters would be talking about him and steroids. It might make things uncomfortable for Selig as it would be perceived as a black mark against baseball. Of course, the real problem would be when the reporters got tired of the same old song-and-dance ("Evil players! Deceiving the fans! The horror!") and then actually did their jobs and dug just a LITTLE bit deeper and realized that the league silently sanctioned the use of steroids ("Chicks dig the long ball.") by turning a blind eye and using a "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the clubhouse. Then Selig's whole regime would come under question, and that would be "a bad thing". So who wins by having teams collude to keep Bonds out of baseball? Bud Selig (and MLB). And who has the authority to actually enforce the collusion? Bud Selig (and MLB). Does that mean there really IS a collusion between the league and the teams? No. Does that mean we should immediately assume that there ISN'T? Given the past history of MLB to collude (four times: Collusion I, Collusion II, Collusion III and Collusion IV), it would be ridiculous to assume it's a "silly conspiracy theory".

posted by grum@work at 09:18 PM on June 28

his alleged "clubhouse poison" reputation Nothing alleged about it. Once Barry had stolen Hank's HR record, the Giants couldn't wait until the end of the season to cut him loose.

posted by irunfromclones at 09:25 PM on June 28

I offered every team in the league the same deal, and I haven't gotten any calls either.

posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:22 PM on June 28

Bonds will be in uniform this summer after an AL team in the playoff hunt loses one or two big bats to injury. posted by rcade Agreed. I think he'll be picked up eventually. Unless he spends the entire season without a team, I don't see a conspiracy. A national league team would have to play bonds in the field. A young team rebuilding isn't going to want him. A team doing well isn't going to want to mess with him. And bonds fault or not, he comes with more baggage than any player named in this thread. It's going to take an american league team that needs a bat to push them over the edge. The idea that there's X amount of teams in the majors and all could use him just isn't true; it's actually a much smaller group.

posted by justgary at 10:28 PM on June 28

Great point justgary, the fact is, very few teams will want, or need him. Keeping in mind that the group of teams that "could use him" will include teams like the Twins that will never pay for him, the group becomes smaller yet. It doesn't matter that his agent says he'll play for free, the league minimum, and the social cost of signing him will be too much for many teams.

posted by dviking at 01:09 AM on June 29

He'll wind up on an American league team with a grass field.

posted by Newbie Walker at 04:07 AM on June 29

Would love to see the White Sox take a chance on Bonds. Jim Thome is just not ripping the ball anymore and the Sox have a legit opportunity to go deep in postseason play.

posted by wdminott at 02:45 PM on June 29

Our system of "juris-prudence" is set up so that "the guy everyone hates, or loves, will have an equal chance in our court rooms". Most of the comments (not all) posted on this discussion would automatically dismiss most of you from serving on Barry Bonds jury. "Comments by a Guilty Bystander" Edward P. O'Brien

posted by Edward O'Brien at 08:27 PM on June 29

Welcome to Sportsfilter. Say, Edward P. O'Brien you do know that your name does appear in blue under all of your comments, don't you? In this instance, directly below your name in the comment.

posted by tommytrump at 08:32 PM on June 29

Good answer, Grum, I'll buy that

posted by bobfoot at 09:14 PM on June 29

Most of the comments (not all) posted on this discussion would automatically dismiss most of you from serving on Barry Bonds jury. What a shame. I'm sure everyone here would want to spend hours of their time being jurors in Barry Bonds' trial.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:58 AM on June 30

However the truth of the matter is that Barry is like TO in the clubhouse. A cancer. Let me know when TO wins a super bowl... Oh please. Save these crappy comments when you have actual knowledge about them and not just an opinion. TO is not a cancer in the Cowboys locker room! In fact, he's the main guy out there helping the young recievers get better with their routes. What happened in Philly was years ago, let it go already. To all the Bonds haters, get over yourselves. This man will go down as the greatest home run hitter in MLB history and the only reason why people hate on him is because the media portrayed him to be the villian just because he never kissed their self-important asses. These are the same people who dictate who should or shouldn't be allowed in the Hall of Fame and if you were Mr. Media and had the numbers as well, then you're a lock as a 1st ballot Hall of Famer. If not, then that player will be lucky to get in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th time around and that's a crock of shit! Barry Bonds needs to be out there playing since he is fully capable of playing ball, even at the age of 44. Bonds could wake up from a coma after 15 years and still hit the ball, steriods or no steriods. All this talk about him taking 'roids is blown so out of proportion. So what if he did? You have a guy like Terry Bradshaw that won 4 SuperBowl rings with the Steelers on the 70's but because he come clean, that's ok? Get the hell outta here with that garbage. What about when he was playing? Should we go back and take those championships away? We have no idea what the athletes of yesterday did but we put them so high on a pedastal that the moment we find out the they were in fact human and made mistakes, they're no onger looked at with the same awe. These are just people that excelled in a sport, nothing more & nothing less. Whatever they do in their personal lives has nothing to do with us but if we were all put in the same spotlight as these people and had to endure the same scrutiny day in & day out, I wonder how many of us would become the next villian. Just let the man play.

posted by BornIcon at 08:29 AM on June 30

I think you missed two points: 1) Nobody is stopping the man from playing; 2) This is a sports blog, where we all get together to share our opinions about sports. If someone's opinion is that Barry Bonds is a piece of shit, then no matter how many times you tell them to "get over themselves," it's probably not going to change that opinion. Oh please. Save these crappy comments when you have actual knowledge about them and not just an opinion. TO is not a cancer in the Cowboys locker room! In fact, he's the main guy out there helping the young recievers get better with their routes. So, you obviously know what's going on in the Cowboys' locker room, right? After all, you wouldn't tell somebody else not to make a statement without knowledge, then do the same thing yourself, would you? 'Cause that would make you out to be a huge freakin' hypocrite.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:46 AM on June 30

1) Nobody is stopping the man from playing; That we know of . . .

posted by bperk at 08:55 AM on June 30

Considering that it's been said over & over on ESPN and sportsradio that since TO has been with the Cowboys, he's been the one helping the young recievers learn the play book and that's not my opinion. I would take what his own teammates and coaches are saying over than someone who obviously isn't a TO fan. And to your 1st point, I would say that there's people that are stopping Bonds from playing since he isn't on any MLB team roster where he belongs. The man can still play and help a team win.

posted by BornIcon at 08:58 AM on June 30

Considering that it's been said over & over on ESPN and sportsradio that since Bonds has been with the Giants, he's been the one cancering and that's not my opinion. Fixed it for you. I'm not saying that Bonds is a cancer, just wondering when it's ok to believe ESPN and sportsradio.

posted by tron7 at 11:54 AM on June 30

Wow Hal, pulling out the race card??? What else explains the anger and the hate (besides an influx of yutzes)? To suggest he's single-handedly responsible for ruining the Great American Pastime ignores a zillion years of cheaters, hacks, assholes and plenty of people who played for teams other than the Red Sox.

posted by yerfatma at 02:16 PM on June 30

Just let the man play. So if cheating by using performance enhancing drugs isn't enough to keep this guy off of your team, what would? At what point do you draw a line between ability and character? It doesn't matter what the guy does or has done, so long as he can play? I think its unfortunate in a lot of ways that too many people who think like you have turned a game into an entertainment spectacle.

posted by irunfromclones at 02:47 PM on June 30

So if cheating by using performance enhancing drugs isn't enough to keep this guy off of your team, what would? It was, at most, cheating in the past before baseball instituted its steroid policy. You are going to have to kick a lot more people out of baseball if you want it clean. Is your chosen team 100% clean without any past PED use whatsoever?

posted by bperk at 02:53 PM on June 30

Is your chosen team 100% clean without any past PED use whatsoever? In a word, yes. If you have used a drug to give yourself an unfair advantage over other players, your stats and records should be expunged and you have played your last game. If its proven that anyone in management knew about and tacitly (or overtly) condoned your cheating, then the team forfeits the games you played in while using the drugs. Its either that or you lower the standards, change the rules to allow an acceptable level of cheating, and let anyone play. At which point it would cease to be a game I would want to watch. it would become nothing more than a contest between drug companies rather than athletes.

posted by irunfromclones at 04:45 PM on June 30

Out of curiosity clones, do you have a "chosen" MLB team?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:28 PM on June 30

There is zero good reason an eligible, healthy player who hit 28 HR with a 1.045 OPS the previous season should be unsigned by any team currently in playoff contention. Are we talking about the same player who was released by his team of the last 15 years shortly after he broke a home run record and before the season was over? The same player whose team of the last 15 years removed practically every vestige of him from the ballpark before the next season opened? Why isn't he signed? Let's number the possible reasons, shall we? 1. If he's only going to be hitting DH, that cuts the number of eligible teams by half. 2. For the sake of arguement, lets say that of those 16 teams, half of them will be in contention for post-season play. 3. Of those remaining 8 teams, which teams have the required space in the clubhouse for the personal staff, the barcaloungers, and the big flat panel tv? 4. For the sake of arguement, lets say that of those 8 teams, half of them have the required space in the clubhouse for the personal staff, the barcaloungers, and the big flat panel tv. 5. Of those remaining 4 teams, which ones with room in the clubhouse for the personal staff, the barcaloungers, and the big flat panel tv, have owners and managers willing to gamble on the performance of a 44 year old sullen, brooding, egotistical, known cheater, non-team player with a small matter of a federal indictment hanging over him? So Watson, by the process of elimination, we see that 2, or at the most 4 teams, may have all of the needs and requirements to sign mr bonds to a contract. I would submit therefore, that bonds still has a 1 in 8 chance of being signed to play this season.

posted by irunfromclones at 05:32 PM on June 30

"chosen" MLB team This season, a specific era, or all time?

posted by irunfromclones at 05:34 PM on June 30

This season, a specific era, or all time? If you change favorite teams more than you change your socks...ur probably not much of a fan.

posted by docshredder at 06:40 PM on June 30

I think there is a difference between "chosen" and "favorite", although I admit I might be getting too semantic about it. The Giants and A's are the local teams, but I suppose my heart will always be with the Cubs.

posted by irunfromclones at 08:03 PM on June 30

2. For the sake of arguement, lets say that of those 16 teams The AL has 14 teams. Your argument consists entirely of opinion and conjecture.

posted by yerfatma at 08:28 PM on June 30

minimum pro-rated salary donated to buying tickets for kids" certainly suggests he's not looking to be a prima donna. Unfortunately Hal, fans and perhaps major league ballclubs, have long memories on prickdom and short memories on alleged lying and cheating. Like to see him play again, however being realistic, don't see much chance of that happening.

posted by giveuptheghost at 10:43 PM on June 30

The Giants and A's are the local teams, but I suppose my heart will always be with the Cubs. The Giants and the A's both have had big name players who have admitted or are under suspicion for steroid use. I haven't followed the Cubs enough to know if they have or have had players who are under the same suspicion.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:25 PM on July 01

Your argument consists entirely of opinion and conjecture. OK, now we are really splitting hairs. As if 73.457% of the posts here aren't entirely opinion and conjecture. Just substitute 14 for 16 and redo the math. the point was and is, there aren't that many teams that would actually need Bond's services, and of that few, how many would be willing to take him on with all the baggage.

posted by irunfromclones at 12:52 PM on July 01

It was alleged but never proven that at least two players on the Cubs roster from 1998 to 2000 used steroids. The player who made the allegations, Matt Karchner, refused to divulge their names. There were a number of former Cubs players listed in the Mitchell report, meaning that they were not with the Cubs when they took steroids. Former Cubs listed in the Mitchell report implicated by Kirk Radomski included: Glenallen Hill Matt Franco Todd Hundley Jerry Hairston Rondell White Todd Pratt Kent Mercker Benito Santiago Gary Matthews Rafael Palmeiro

posted by irunfromclones at 01:12 PM on July 01

I think its unfortunate in a lot of ways that too many people who think like you have turned a game into an entertainment spectacle And I think that it's unfortunate that way too many people who think like you believe that Bonds is the sole reason why steroids ran rampant in the sport of baseball.

posted by BornIcon at 01:21 PM on July 01

believe that Bonds is the sole reason why steroids ran rampant in the sport of baseball Normally I'm jealous of how often your posts are right on target, but you are way off base here (pun intended). I never said or even intimated that Bonds was the sole reason for steroids in baseball. I only think that his steroids use is more egregious than most given that he attained two of baseball's most prestigious records while juiced.

posted by irunfromclones at 02:08 PM on July 01

As if 73.457% of the posts here aren't entirely opinion and conjecture. Sure, but hopefully most of the posts aren't insisting on wrong-headed "facts". Just substitute 14 for 16 and redo the math. the point was and is My point was that if you can't be bothered to know how many teams are in each league, maybe you aren't the best source on this one. there aren't that many teams that would actually need Bond's services Barry Bonds' career OPS: 1051 Number of AL teams with a DH hitting better than that, even in a small number of at bats: 0 He must be a real clubhouse cancer to not be worth taking on for 3 extra wins the rest of the way. 73.456% now

posted by yerfatma at 03:35 PM on July 01

Well sure, that's his career OPS, yerfatma. He's in his 40's now, and declining. Why, last year his OPS was only 1.045, which would only the fourth-highest among all active players in the majors right now! And his SLG was an anemic .565, which would be only tenth overall (only two points higher than another drug using criminal type, Josh Hamilton). And his .480 OBP would only be third, 5 points behind currently-injured Chipper Jones. I mean, who wants a guy who reaches base only 48% of the time?! Hell, I'm convinced- not only is he a cancer in the clubhouse, as who among us hasn't personally endured the hell that is Barry Bonds' presence- he's a botulism on the basepaths. No team could handle that kind of shitty production from any of their players, much less an aging junkie...

posted by hincandenza at 04:32 PM on July 01

aren't insisting on wrong-headed "facts" OK, from now on I will use the disclaimer "tongue in cheek". I thought that the references to the barcalounger and large flat screen tv were sufficient to indicate humor. maybe you aren't the best source on this one. And who is the best source on this one, since none of us (to the best of my knowledge) are MLB GM's or owners that actually know why they haven't hired Bonds yet. And if we aren't an MLB GM or owner, than all of this is pure conjecture and opinion. My opinion isn't that much different than yours. Oh wait, you actually haven't posted an opinion on this topic, just opinions on other's posts. Barry Bonds' career OPS If it were just about the stats Bonds would have been playing since opening day. So what possible reason could 30 MLB teams have for not signing this guy?

posted by irunfromclones at 04:45 PM on July 01

So what possible reason could 30 MLB teams have for not signing this guy? Some sort of Gentleman's Agreement not to sign him. Another word for that would be: COLLUSION! Thanks for playing.

posted by yerfatma at 05:05 PM on July 01

Thanks for not blasting me into next week yerfatma. All joking aside, I respect your knowledge of all things baseball and your wealth of life experience, and so I honestly seek an answer to some questions. Do you really think that all of the 30 MLB teams might have a place for Bonds? I would think that one concern would be his ability to play every game in the season. On the NL side any team that signed him would need to have a reasonably good replacement for him when he couldn't play. Or, proceeding on the basis that he would sign as a DH, how many of the 14 AL teams might have a place for Bonds?

posted by irunfromclones at 05:48 PM on July 01

Or, proceeding on the basis that he would sign as a DH, how many of the 14 AL teams might have a place for Bonds? At least 1. Joe Posnanski says KC should. It's hard to imagine there aren't other teams. Assuming David Ortiz comes back healthy, I'll admit the Red Sox have no place for Bonds. Other than that, I think almost any AL team would be smart to take a look. If he's playing for free, he's cheaper than a AAA player sitting on your bench. Why wouldn't you let him DH 3 or 4 days a week?

posted by yerfatma at 08:30 PM on July 01

I only think that his steroids use is more egregious than most given that he attained two of baseball's most prestigious records while juiced. Point taken, IRFC but his "steriod use" is still alleged. Not to beat on a dead horse (my bad Barbaro) but people can claim whatever they like but the truth of the matter is, Bonds' trial is basically for perjury. Meaning: The defense is out to prove that Bonds knew that he was taking steriods while he's standing by his story that if he did take them, he unknowingly did so. If the man is lying, that's one thing but because the way the media has portrayed him thru-out the years, everyone has an opinion about Bonds and it's not in a good light. I for one, don't really care one way or another, I just rather would wait until everything is said & done with his trial before I can actually have an honest opinion about him. I may be somewhat baised but that's only because I have watched this man play ball for most of his career and I simply want to believe that he is telling the truth. I also tell my niece and nephew that the tooth fairy is real so....

posted by BornIcon at 08:12 AM on July 02

This is was sucks about baseball, and why the NFL NBA have long surpassed it in ratings and such. I mean the man can play for lots of A.L teams all that should matter is can he help you win. Plus fan equally show up to hate on a person as they do to cheer. Bad commissioner and gutless owners and gm's make for some team suffering from lack a good run producing bat come playoff time. GET REAL MLB

posted by Adan at 01:32 AM on July 03

You all need something else to talk about....

posted by knowsalittle at 07:47 PM on July 03

You all need something else to talk about.... Comment icon posted by knowsalittle at 7:47 PM CDT on July 3 Really? On a sports site? In a baseball thread? About Barry Bonds?

posted by grum@work at 08:03 PM on July 03

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