Bonds Clearance Legitimizing PEDs, Bringing Him Closer to Hall of Fame

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When Bonds Got To the Giants, there were no such discussions like the one above because Bonds ran the insane asylum.Bonds was the Giants multi-million ‘Golden Boy’ who outlasted the managers,   trainer,   owner, announcer and Jeff Kent and a lot of players he didn’t get along with.  Mild-mannered Managers Baker and Bochy would never get into a heated argument like the above with Bonds and upset the Giants PED, er, apple cart.  That’s why  Bonds left Pittsburg – because they didn’t stand for his temperament – and that’s why Baker left the Giants, because the world centered around Bonds in San Francisco – to the point he is still welcomed back to the team to this day (as a coach or guest). How quickly we forget as a similar clubhouse culture persists in San Francisco, albeit without quite the ‘personalities.’

It would never happen locally. It could a national broadcaster , KEITH OBERMANN, to come out against the Giants and Barry Bonds for continuing the tradition of ‘looking the other way’ when it comes to Bonds and PEDs.

 

 

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 Bonds Clearance Legitimizing PEDs, Bringing Him Closer to Hall of Fame

 

Only in SF could a player (Barry Bonds) get his perjury indictment overturned.
Whatever technicalities may have got him off,
he made the  evasive, rambling speech attributing his sudden
head and body growth to flax seed oil. Bonds is not a stupid guy and he knows
better than to believe – for over 10 years- that what caused him
to suddenly grow both in physical stature and in home run production,
at an advanced age, was due to flax seed oil.

 

This overturning of the previous perjury indictment and acceptance of Bond’s appeal will lend more credence to the legitimacy and acceptability of PEDs in baseball. And, this, only days after Bonds came out in favor of  A-Rod’s passing of Mays’ fabled home run numbers. Only in San Francisco do we believe Bonds would have gotten off the only remaining charge against him, thanks to the exceedingly tolerant Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where ten of the 11 justices voted in his favor.

 

In overturning this ruling against  Bonds, the court system is allowing him to skate totally free, and now be in much better position to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame. But, more importantly, the ruling further legitimizes PEDs in baseball. It’s bad enough that players caught for previous PED use are re-entering baseball and making EVEN MORE MONEY NOW (think Nelson Cruz, for one), whether or not they are still using – and, every indication is that many of them are – and this will only make the use of PEDs even more acceptable in the court of  public opinion as well as the legal one… Baseball has fallen on hard times on a national / post-season level and , perhaps, MLB wants every edge to  get its popularity back on track.  PEDs have been popular in baseball now over 20 years – long enough for younger fans to know nothing else; PEDs are now more the norm in baseball for these kids than not. Bonds remains a hero in San Francisco while other players are popular on their teams.  The New York Mets, now with at least two known past users on the team, are the talk of baseball with the best record,despite the fact that their top reliever was one of those players who got suspended from baseball the first week.

 

We have shown in previous posts how the San Francisco Giants have likely parlayed PEDs into their first three world series in sixty years).  The Giants have opened the gates, showing other teams how easy it is for players to get away with using PEDs, and thereby helping their teams. Meanwhile Major League Baseball, under Selig, turned a blind eye (despite lip service) to the issue. We’ll see if it gets any better under the new commissioner.  Already this year, we have seen five players caught with PEDs, note for HGH or testosterone but for an older drug not used in recent years. With MLB admitting to 10% of players using Adderall , and now this, we KNOW the PEDs continue in baseball, and perhaps more than most would believe.

 

ECLETIC RANT: Time for Barry Bonds to Come Clean

Ralph E. Stone
Friday May 01, 2015 – 11:40:00 AM

Barry Bonds — baseball’s home run king and steroid user — had his conviction overturned by the appeals court, who ruled that his evasive answer as to whether Greg Anderson of BALCO gave him performance-enhancing drugs was not perjury. (The prosecutors are considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.) Before the San Francisco Giants even consider bringing Bonds back in any capacity, I would expect them to require Bonds to confess to knowingly using steroids. Remember, Mark McGuire and Alex Rodriguez confessed to using steroids.

As Bonds stated before winning his appeal, he is a felon. He then went on to gloat that he was “never convicted of steroids,” but did not deny using them. And remember, Bonds testified before a grand jury that he received and used “cream” and “clear” substances from Anderson, who was indicted in a steroid-distribution ring during the 2003 baseball season, but claimed he was told they were the nutritional supplement flaxseed oil and a rubbing balm for arthritis.

Let’s look back.

* In 1991, Fay Vincent, then baseball’s commissioner, released a commissioner’s policy that said, “the possession, sale, or use of any illegal drug or controlled substance by Major League players and personnel is strictly prohibited. … This prohibition applies to all illegal drugs and controlled substances, including steroids.”

* On December 4, 2003, before the Grand Jury, Bonds was asked about calendars seized in a raid on BALCO that contained his name and notes about performance-enhancing drugs. Bonds replied, “I’ve never had a calendar with him, never had anything.” Bonds could also not explain a calendar with the name “Barry” on it, nor a note indicating an invoice of $450 for blood tests.

* On February 17, 2004, Anderson told federal agents he gave steroids to several baseball players.

* On March 2, 2004, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Bonds, baseball players Jason Giambi, Sheffield, Marvin Benard, Benito Santiago, Randy Velarde and Bill Romanowski received steroids from BALCO. (On June 22, 2006, it was revealed that Conte, the convicted BALCO founder, was a source in the San Francisco Chronicle’s reporting on the steroids scandal).

* On June 25, 2004, Bonds angrily denied Tim Montgomery’s leaked testimony that Conte gave Bonds the steroid Winstrol, and threatened to sue Montgomery. (Montgomery, a runner, was stripped of his records after being found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs).

* On October 11, 2004, Gary Sheffield — a retired baseball player for the Marlins/Dodgers/Yankees/Brewers/Braves — told Sports Illustrated he was introduced to BALCO by Bonds, with whom he was training before the 2002 baseball season in California. According to the magazine report, officials at the lab gave the New York Yankees player a testosterone-based steroid knows as “the cream” to be applied to a scar on his right knee. Sheffield says he didn’t realize “the cream” was a steroid. Shortly after, Sheffield severed ties with Bonds.

* On October 24, 2004, in documents disclosed by the government, James Valente, VP of BALCO, told federal investigators a year earlier that Bonds tried the company’s new performance-enhancing drugs but didn’t like how one of them made him feel.

* On December 3, 2004, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Bonds admitted receiving “cream” and “clear” substances from his personal trainer during the 2003 baseball season, but denied he knew they were steroids during his testimony December 4, 2003, to a federal grand jury.

* On March 25, 2005, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Kimberly Bell, who stated that she dated Bonds from 1994 to 2003, was subpoenaed by prosecutors in the BALCO case to testify before a San Francisco grand jury the previous week. According to the Chronicle, and two sources familiar with the testimony, Bell said Bonds gave her $80,000 to help purchase a house in Scottsdale, Arizona, and admitted to her in 1999 that an elbow injury, in which he had to undergo surgery for a bone spur and torn triceps tendon, was caused by his use of steroids.

* On July 15, 2005, Conte and Anderson pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering. Valente pled guilty to one count of distributing steroids. On October 18, 2005, Conte was sentenced to four months in prison after pleading guilty to distributing steroids. Valente was given three years’ probation and Anderson a three-month prison sentence on similar charges.

* On March 8, 2006, Sports Illustrated went on sale with an excerpt from a new book, “Game of Shadows,” by San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams. The book details use of steroids and other drugs by Barry Bonds in exhaustive detail.

* On March 8, 2006, Bonds’ use of performance-enhancing supplements began in January 1997. Stan Antosh, a California biochemist whose Osmo Labs was the first to market androstenedione in the United States, told ESPN The Magazine’s Shaun Assael that he gave it to Bonds.

* On March 15, 2006, ESPN The Magazine published an excerpt from a new book “Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero” by Jeff Pearlman. According to the book, Bonds, after the 1998 season, told a small group over dinner at the home of Ken Griffey Jr. that he was going to start using “some hard-core stuff” to increase his hitting power.

* On November 15, 2007, a federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Bonds on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice. He was accused of lying when he said he didn’t knowingly take steroids given to him by Anderson. He was also accused of lying that Anderson never injected him with steroids. Anderson, who had been imprisoned for refusing to testify against Bonds, was ordered released.

Bonds’ lack of credibility and the substantial circumstantial evidence have convinced me and others that Bonds knowingly took steroids, and thus his reputation and legacy are forever tarnished. But does it matter? In this age of wide-scale cheating and lying by public officials, researchers, school officials, students, etc., Bonds’ use of steroids appears irrelevant to a lot of people. After all, baseball is just entertainment and “everyone” was doing it. It should matter, because steroid use is up among high school students and even eighth-graders.

The San Francisco Giants should not even consider bringing Bonds back in any capacity until he confesses to knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs. Even if he does fess up, I hope the Giants sever all ties with him. The Giants should be no place for cheaters.

 

 

BALCO & Biogenesis may be over, but steroids cloud remains

RONALD BLUM, AP BASEBALL WRITERApril 23, 2015 Updated: April 23, 2015 7:54pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have moved on, their names cleared. The cloud of steroids remains over baseball and all sports.

Dugouts no longer are filled with bulked-up players with swollen skulls and Popeye-like arms. Bodies deflated after testing for performance-enhancing drugs started in 2003 — and not coincidentally, offense has receded, too, transforming the game back to late 1960s and early 1970s-style pitching and defense.
If the early 1960s were defined by the M&M Boys — Mickey Mantle and Rogers Maris — the 1990s and 2000s have been marked by the B&B Boys: BALCO and Biogenesis.

“I think performance-enhancing drugs, not only for baseball but all athletics, is not an issue that you can check off as solved,” new baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday. “The temptation to use drugs is large, and I don’t think it’s realistic to expect in any sport that you’re to get to a situation where you never, ever have another violation.”

Five big leaguers have been suspended for positive tests in the past month, evidence some athletes always will seek an edge and some chemists will be nearby to enable them. Since 2005, there have been 68 announced suspensions under the major league drug program and 760 as part of the minor league plan, including performance-enhancing drugs, amphetamines and drugs of abuse.

“You can’t pick up the paper without baseball suspending two or three minor leaguers,” former baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent said. “The NFL has got some problems. You know what’s going on in cycling, what happened in the Olympics. The overall issue of performance-enhancing drugs is a really serious one for all of sports.”

The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday to overturn Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction by a 10-1 vote likely ends the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative case, which began in 2002. Olympic track gold medalist Marion Jones, elite sprint cyclist Tammy Thomas, former NFL defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield were convicted along with coaches, distributors, a trainer, a chemist and a lawyer.

Bonds will escape conviction, barring a successful appeal by prosecutors. Clemens was acquitted of all charges in 2012 after prosecutors accused him on lying to Congress.

For some, they are among the tainted. For others, their lengthy accomplishments take precedence.