A Brief History
On August 7, 2007, Giants slugger Barry Bonds slammed his 756th career home run at his home field, AT&T Park, in San Francisco. This historic blast catapulted Bonds ahead of Hank Aaron as the all-time major league career home run hitter.
Seemingly a certain future inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Bonds’ achievements, which include the season home run record of 73 dingers in 2001, are unfortunately tainted by the cloud of suspected steroid and or other performance enhancing drugs or compounds and Bonds has so far been denied the coveted entry into the HOF.
Not only has Bonds failed to garner the votes needed to enter the HOF, but some other notable baseball stars have also been denied induction to the Hall of Fame, including Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens, Manny Ramirez, Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez and a few others. Do these players belong in the Hall of Fame?
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For more information, please see…
Costa, Gabriel. Sabermetrics: Baseball, Steroids, and How the Game has Changed Over the Past Two Generations. Academic Press, 2022.
Radomski, Kirk. Bases Loaded: The Inside Story of the Steroid Era in Baseball by the Central Figure in the Mitchell Report. Avery, 2009.
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