This story at SI.com boggles the mind. Barry Bonds is "far from being a shoo-in" with Hall of Fame voters? Are they kidding? Or just drunk?
"I will not vote for Mark McGwire," Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times said. "It’s obvious from his own statements he used some form of performance-enhancing drugs and it’s obvious from his statistics he did not become a Hall of Fame-type player until he did so."
Say what you will about McGwire (he’s a borderline hall guy in my opinion even if he didn’t take steroids), since he clearly accomplished a great deal more due to the use of canned goods, but with Bonds that argument fails – he was a HOFer before he ever (we think) used. That might make his indulgence even more sad, but it doesn’t erase his pre-bulk accomplishments.
What’s next? Freddie Patek making it via the veteran’s committee?