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Barry Bonds Nears Ruth’s 714 Homeruns

It’s a big deal. As Barry Bond’s nears Herman “Babe” Ruth’s home run total of 714 (second only to Hank Aaron- 755 HRs), baseball fans are tuned in to see when, not if, the slugger will hit the most homeruns of any left handed batter in MLB history. But of course, in the anticipation of the 714 and 715 is the ominous steroid controversy. Ever since Bonds broke the single season home run record with 73, his physique combined with his “old” age has caused many to take a closer look at the validity of his achievements. Bonds has already admitted to unintentionally using “the cream” and the “the clear”, two performance enhancing drugs. Recent publications such as Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams’s Game of Shadows have put Bonds and his career under extreme suspicion. With most baseball fans convinced of Bonds’s steroid use, baseball will take a negative hit once he has achieved the milestone. When Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire chased Roger Maris’s record of 61 home runs in a season, enthusiasm and interest in Major League Baseball ran rampant. Rather than questioning the validity of the chase. When Barry Bonds hits his 715th homerun and officially becomes second best power hitter of all time, MLB will not experience the positive response it has grown accustomed to with past milestones. But before Bonds surpasses the record, baseball fans must stop and realize how disappointing the entire situation is. According to all the reports and evidence, it is reasonable to infer that Bonds began his steroid use around 2002. If Bonds had retired that year, before his hormone-injecting spree, he would have been a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and arguably one of the top 10 players of all time. Unfortunately, Bonds like many other athletes fell to the temptation of performance-enhancing, illegal substances and is now paying the price off the field, in life. So when Bonds reaches the milestone, think about the talent and career gone astray that is Barry Bonds and not necessarily the phrases of your hate mail you plan to send him.