Hall Of Fame Eligibility Rule Change Bones "Poster Boys" Of Steroid Era

As the Baseball Hall of Fame congratulates itself today, let's talk about how it just boned baseball players. Yesterday, it was announced that the eligibility rules had been altered from 15 years, to 10. So, once he becomes eligible, a player has 10 chances to have the magical 75 percent of precious votes bestowed… » 7/27/14 3:40pm 7/27/14 3:40pm

Where Does David Ortiz Really Rank Among The All-Time Home Run Hitters?

David Ortiz hit his 450th home run late last month, moving him to 37th on the career home runs list. There's no doubt Ortiz has had a great career. But his are home runs in an era of home runs—and performance enhancers. He blends into his environment, that is to say. Since home runs were more infrequent in earlier… » 7/08/14 12:30pm 7/08/14 12:30pm

Barry Bonds Says He Should Be In The Hall Of Fame "Without A Doubt"

Barry Bonds showed up at camp today, and put on a Giants uniform for the first time in seven years. At age 49, he looked good—smaller than in his playing days, but nothing that would be embarrassing if he were in spring training to play. He's here to teach. And he was immediately asked about PEDs. » 3/10/14 4:45pm 3/10/14 4:45pm

How A Reporter Eavesdropped On Barry Bonds's Grand Jury Testimony

Ten years ago today, Barry Bonds testified before a grand jury investigating BALCO that he did not know the substances he was taking were illegal steroids. It was that claim which would lead to Bonds being indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, and convicted of the latter. The testimony was… » 12/04/13 1:57pm 12/04/13 1:57pm

Here's Jim Leyland Cursing Out Barry Bonds For Nearly A Minute

Jim Leyland is retiring today, which means that now is as good a time as ever to look back at one of our favorite moments from his coaching career. Here he is at the Pittsburgh Pirates' spring training facility in 1991, chewing out Barry Bonds for who knows what reason. Enjoy the glorious torrent of f-bombs. » 10/21/13 10:54am 10/21/13 10:54am

Jon Heyman Just Can't Make Up His Mind About Barry Bonds And The Hall…

In April of 2011, baseball writer Jon Heyman wrote a column titled, "Why Barry Bonds Belongs In The Hall" for SI.com. The piece laid out a surprisingly well reasoned argument for why Bonds should not be excluded from the Hall of Fame, despite his being surrounded by allegations of steroid use. » 1/10/13 11:32am 1/10/13 11:32am

A Guide To The Baseball Players On The Ballot Who Won't Make The Hall…

It's the silly season for baseball, as winter meetings and free agency combine with Hall of Fame debates to take up way too much of our free time. But this year's HOF ballot is especially fascinating—a crop of elite players tied to PED use are eligible for the first time, and will compete with some strong veterans… » 12/04/12 4:40pm 12/04/12 4:40pm

Idea For New Reality Show Featuring Barry Bonds Is 10 Years Too Late

So it turns out Barry Bonds is actually "close friends" with A.C. Slater, who got him to agree to do a reality show in which we get to see baseball's all-time asterisk king confronted by an angry fan who despises him, after which Bonds will have to try to convince the poor jagoff he's not such a prick after all. » 8/22/11 1:25pm 8/22/11 1:25pm

Despite Jeff Novitzky's Life's Work, Cheating At Sports Is Still Not A…

Jeff Novitzki was an IRS agent. Not an avenging angel sent from above, nor an earthly crusader for all that is good and pure in America, but a bureaucrat. Somewhere along the way he got it into his mind that it was his job and his job alone (and his only job) to eradicate the peril of steroids in sports. He's with the… » 7/14/11 3:20pm 7/14/11 3:20pm