Looking Back 10 Years at Barry ‘FREE’ Bonds & Steroids As It Took Over Baseball

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OPEN LETTER TO ANDREW BAGGERLY re  9-13-15 column re. ‘Time for Giants to Retire Bonds (25) Number’ 

Giants can do whatever they want  but the sooner they close ties with Bonds it will help to clean up their PED reputation – assuming that is what Baer & Co wants per his statement last year that the Giants want to start steering clear of PED players… Before Bonds came to the Giants (pre-PEDs generally accepted) he was a .289 hitter averaging 25 homers a yeare his first seven years – hardly MVP stats. Sure, if you want to count the following 13 years with cartoonish PED numbers in SF , Bonds would be Hall of Fame material but, fortunately saner voters still on the electing committee know better, for now anyway. Go ahead and put him on the Giants walls with Lincecum, Melky Cabrera and others if you want… As you say, San Franciscans would probably love it, but outside SF a different story… 

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ROSE or BONDS or Both? Who Really Deserves the Hall of Fame?


Looking Back 10 Years at Barry ‘FREE’ Bonds & Steroids As It Took Over Baseball


Lately, with the midway point of the season and All Star Game upon us as well as a new commissioner, baseball pundits have  taken this opportunity, once again, to question the exclusion of Pete Rose, Barry Bonds and others from the Baseball Hall of Fame.




In San Francisco you probably won’t find a sportswriter – or most anyone – who DOESN’T believe Bonds should be in the Hall of Fame, and ESPECIALLY NOW since he was TOTALLY VINDICATED earlier this year by the San Francisco courts from any wrong doing. For Rose, and the rest of the country, it’s a different story. Recently, noted East Coast sportscaster CHRIS RUSSO, raised the ire of Giants fans when he said on KNBR sports talk that Pete Rose was more deserving of hall of fame status than Barry BondsLeaving the issue of steroids aside,  Bonds was NOT a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame off his pre-steroids numbers in Pittsburg.  Bonds was ‘only’ batting .290, never more than 36 homers – he only averaged 25 homers a year- before coming to Giants, hardly Hall of Fame numbers pre-steroids. Heck, Panik, Duffy and Crawford are rivaling some of those Bonds numbers this year. Wink, wink. Based on raw talent, Rose should make the Hall just off his 3,000 hit performance, which also happened to be pre-steroids. 


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The CRAZY thing  about all of this is that the below article appeared 10 years ago, and finally, two years later, steroids – nee PEDs – came to a head with the Mitchell Report, then ‘Game of Shadows’ and new measures to rid the game of illegal drugs. Yet, now another eight years later, Bonds and Roger Clemens are free and baseball is NOT clean, in our opinion – even though the previous (and probably the new) commissioners will tell you so. Just because nobody has been caught of late with PEDs doesn’t mean the game is clean. That’s the whole probably. As we saw with the Biogenesis bust, 20 players were NOT being caught by baseball testing.  Even though the homer totals may not be that high – though they are creeping back up – and players no longer need show outward ‘giveaway’ signs of PED use – one can note a higher than ever incidence of strikeouts by pitchers and other unlikely, sudden stat changes among certain players…AS BELOW from an article earlier in season… homerun  totals are significantly higher now for these Giants players:


Heston, Duffy, Panik

A lot of MLB players are still using PEDs since Bonds and Giants got the ball rolling, 24 PED indicted players later and 5 in last three world series, affecting outcomes of games and stats, unlike Rose.  We thought we’d take a look back at those ‘halcyon days’ for Bonds and Giants fans who couldn’t get enough of those long ‘splash’ homers. Just to think how few have been hit since Barry left the building is one more question mark along the way.


In December, 2004 the below article appeared in the early days of the Internet  just as some were beginning to figure out that something was amiss in baseball as Paul Bunyan-like figures – especially one in particular – were hitting mammoth homeruns and hits late in their careers at numbers of which even the Babe would have been envious.  It would be another two full years before ‘Game of Shadows’  temporarily blew Bonds’ cover as the new homerun champion would finally come under   scrutiny –  but only after he had turned baseball records on their head cast a big shadow on true baseball heroes Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and his own Godfather, Willie Mays.  More than a decade later,  Bonds has been set  ‘free’  by the San Francisco courts and is  in position to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame with an increasing societal acceptance of steroids. 


Below is only Page one of five – the only one so far retrievable via the ‘WayBack machine.’ We will continue to work on the other pages and hope to somehow bring those to you, too…


Again, we are working on uncovering the remaining pages of this long-dormant website article…


FLASH – We just came upon the below follow-up articles. The subject of Bonds and Steroids has gone on so long now steroids have now become better known as PEDs.






On a day when the San Diego Padres lost and the Giants had a great chance
of picking up a game on them, Bonds sat out again—his usual day game after a
night game vacation. The Giants went down 2-0 and Bonds didn’t even pinch hit…
Since they’re paying him 20 mil. This year (which will amount to something like
$100,000 per at bat, you’d think SOMEONE could say SOMETHING to get Bonds into
the full last 10-15 games of the season. If Bonds could hit longer and a higher ratio
of home runs than anyone in baseball at age 41, you’d think his suddenly old bones
could ‘suffer’ a few extra games at seasons end to almost assure the Giants a
playoff berth.  (Funny, I don’t remember any nagging knee injuries in the past. And
why did Bonds wait until spring training to have the knee operated on? And why
did he have to go to his own (convicted) doctor in Los Angeles (not to mention
hiding out in L.A. midway thru the season.)




The Giants win virtually every game Bonds plays (6 of 7 to date)… If Bonds played these last
three day games and the Ginats won, say, 2 of 3, that would give them another game up on
San Diego, and if Bonds would have come back a month earlier, the Giants , NO DOUBT,
would be in first place already. The Giants recently steamrolled over this poor excuse for a
first place team.



But , then , Bonds runs the insane asylum. He’s probably got it all mapped out…
If the Giants DID get into the playoffs there’d be too much attention on him, so he’ll
come back the last couple weeks just to show his face to please the ‘sheep-le’
fans.   After all, even commissioner is , basically, afraid of Bonds. (Where was
Bonds at the Congressional Hearings last year?)



The ‘flax seed oil’ defense works for Bonds  and, meanwhile, Bonds—who no doubt knows
more than you or most everyone as to how his particular steroid affects him, e.g.. when to sit
out, when to play…   Good chance he had a inside tip that there would be no drug testing at
the last weeks of the season, or, maybe his steroid of choice is undetectable at certain

Bonds is the manipulative, spoiled kid in school who always gets his way. His
parents, his famous Godfather, etc, all pave the way and , now , the entourage.
Don’t dare try  to pick on poor Barry…




Today , Mark McGuire lives in disgrace for not perjuring himself. Rafael Palmeiro is the devil
of baseball for befriending Conseco and his paraphernalia while a teamate at Texas.. He got
caught. Another Conseco accomplice, Jason Giambi, is still scorned and questioned despite
coming clean and apparently resurrecting his career, probably drug-free. And  the Bonds…
Bonds will probably never ‘get caught.’ Though , he’s likely guilty of cheating in many
peoples’ eyes—even Giant ownership, who won’t come close to admitting it.    ‘So what if
we’re out $20 mil… We have Barry Bonds!… And for another year , too!’  Oh boy, I can’t wait
for 2006.  And Bonds is more guilty than all the rest put together. He’s been doing it longer
and probably has more tainted homers than all the others put together except maybe
Conseco and McGwire. But worst of all, Bonds is on the verge of breaking the Babe’s long-
standing, most heralded record in sports. But watch Bonds, intentionally, stop short of
breaking ‘brother’ Henry Aaron’s 755.




If by now people don’t see the folly of it all, it’s really sad. Even ‘old school’ Frank
Robinson, who recently condemned the use of steroids in baseball still gave
cover to Bonds during the Giants recent series with the Washington Nationals,
which he manages. ‘Bonds has not been found guilty,’ or some tap dancing words
like this, came out of Robinson’s mouth. Well, I guess Robinson still works for
baseball,. Though I always thought him to be one of the strong ones…  And then
the media… Boy do they tap dance…  Especially the announcers. Recently listening
to the Dodger announcers , I was amazed  how they spoke of Bonds ‘majestic’
home runs as the Giants whipped their Dodgers (thankfully, I’m not talking about
Vin Scully, but the other 2 or 3 ‘shills,’ who Scully doesn’t  even share the mike
with..)  Same goes for the Nationals announcers…



I recently went to see 93-year-old Buck O’Neil; of the old Negro Leagues. O’Neill is an
amazing guy, still heading up the effort to keep his era alive via a traveling museum show.
When asked about steroids in baseball, during the current show at the Oakland Museum,
O’Neil  said that   baseball players have always had ‘crutches,’ from booze to broads,’ but
nothing the like  steroids, that could    kill   five years after you retire.
He said that baseball should be saying more about the dangers of steroids, noting that  a
ball player may be a homer-hitting hero at 40 and dead at 45.   We’ve already seen one
example in Ken Caminiti.



9/25  Barry Bonds did finally play a day game Sunday, 9/25, in which the Giants did
eke out a win, luckily, and after Bonds left the game half way thru it when the  Giants
only had a one run lead.
Again, who runs this insane asylum I ask. Well, the answer is pretty clear. The initials
are BB and I’m not talking about the Bat Boy


‘Whew!’ said Barry Bonds, probably relieved that the Giants fell just short of the
play-offs and now he won’t have to face the continued scrutiny that would come
with post-season play. (Had he joined the team even a few weeks earlier it
probably would have been a different story.) But Bonds is no dummy. It’s the rest
of us who may be

I grew up in a  time before the word ‘me’ came to permeate society. Rules were rules. Guys
like Mays, Killebrew, Koufax, Jackson, Hunter, Marichal, McCovey were our idols .It was an
even playing field. Sure, they may have taken a drink or two—even smoked– but it was
something that, if anything, had a negative effect on their play. Look at Mickey Mantle, if you
know his story…. If I may draw a somewhat crude analogy, I
believe its the same people
who favor women with plastic breasts today who go along with  athletes using
..and the many other shortcuts that are pervasive in society today…


Today, kids grow up with this stuff. They’ve NEVER SEEN an even playing field.
They just assume it’s o.k.     to  perform at any cost (to others and to their own
bodies.) No, Im not bitter or angry. Just the opposite. But I am SAD that people will
live a lie today—and it’s not necessarily their own fault. The young ones,
especially, are brought up in this environment and have never seen the honest
path. When kids today say ‘Keeping it Real,’ I wonder what that means. What IS real
For me, real was Mays  and  McCovey, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio… and  a
lot of others still playing today who have to take a back seat to the fakirs.


I don’t think Bonds is any more to blame than Balco founder and one time musician
Victor Conte and Bonds trainer Greg Anderson. Those three must have SOME pull,. The
latter two being given mere wrist slaps AFTER admitting guilt.  Who IS running the insane
asylum? It’s not Bud Siegel. It’s not Congress. It’s more likely Donald Fehr and the players
union, where unlike other sports, they’ve taken advantage of weak leadership.
But what really gets me is the fan base and how so many people are totally accepting of
steroids in baseball.  I can understand it more for the younger fans, who have grown up with
it, but not the older ones my age… They are probably as guilty as anyone for going along
with the fakiry.



And for those who write into this website and say  that it’s a democracy we live in
and use cus words and strong language to complain about this website and what it
says. Well, I thought I was doing the democratic thing by speaking out  in a form
that’s acceptable. I’m only speaking out as I think I should because others are not
who should be… I know I will probably not change most of those peoples’ minds
but if I do change even one or two I will deem this a success.   Plus, it’s a way for
‘venting’ for me, even if it DOESN’T change any minds…




One last thing,why did Barry come out recently to say that  he will honor the remainder of
his contract in 2006 ‘even if I don’t play’? It’s kind of a paradox that he can honor his
contract and not play. If he really wanted to do a good turn he might give back some of the
money, maybe a mere mil. or two so the Giants can spend to get some other ballplayers to
improve the team.. Bonds would still have 16 or 17 mil.  left over, enough for any of us to live
one for a season or two or 10..


9/25  Barry Bonds did finally play a day game Sunday, 9/25, in which the Giants did
eke out a win, luckily, and after Bonds left the game half way thru it when the  Giants
only had a one run lead.
Again, who runs this insane asylum I ask. Well, the answer is pretty clear. The initials
are BB and I’m not talking about the Bat Boy



With the passage of time and a new generation of writers and fans, raised on the steroid

era, it becomes more and more likely with each passing year that Barry Bonds will likely

make it to the baseball Hall of Fame. As for Rose, twenty years Bonds’ senior, it may be just

the opposite.  Much like with the rock and roll   hall of fame, the newer crop of pundits

and fans don’t remember the ‘Golden Era’ of baseball and the Pete Roses PRE-STEROIDS,

which is a real shame , we say, especially for us who remember and can compare baseball

then and now.


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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.

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