Last week, Barry Bonds, the newly minted hitting coach for the Miami Marlins, said that God knows he’s a Hall of Famer.
Well, Scott Ferrall knows that Bonds, 51, looks nothing like he did when he was smashing home runs at a video-game pace in the late-1990s and early 2000s. In fact, he looks like he did in the mid-1980s when he was coming out of Arizona State.
He looks . . . normal.
“Yeah it’s startling, isn’t it?” Bleacher Report MLB national columnist Scott Miller said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Those people that don’t think steroids can do that much to help an athlete, look at the pictures, look at the statistics, look at the evidence. It’s all right there. No question. Bonds can say what he wants to say – ‘I didn’t take stuff’ or ‘I took cream and I thought it was something else’ – but it’s clear based on the size that he was on a systematic program for however many years.”
Bonds, a seven-time NL MVP, a 14-time All-Star and a 12-time Silver Slugger, is, of course, baseball’s all-time home runs leader with 762 dingers, 73 of which came in his record-setting 2001 season.
Bonds, however, hasn’t sniffed the Hall of Fame. He received 44.3 percent of the vote this year – well below the requisite 75 percent needed for induction.
“We’ll see,” Miller said. “I know a lot of people are ready to forgive and forget and that’s all fine. I don’t vote for him on my Hall of Fame ballot. I don’t vote for the steroid guys. I’m not intending to. That said, it’s interesting. Mark McGwire had to apologize before he could come back into baseball to be a coach. Bonds, I guess enough years have gone by that it’s like the statute of limitations. He never had to admit anything or apologize or anything. He just kind of skated back as a coach. I guess that’s fine.”
Unless it isn’t.
“Ultimately, we’ll find out what kind of coach he is,” Miller said. “We’ll see how he relates to the Marlins. But hitting coach is a lot of work. I won’t be surprised if he doesn’t make it the whole year. In other words, if controversy happens or if he says ‘This isn’t for me. It’s too much work.’ I’m not predicting this, but I also won’t be surprised if all of a sudden, say in July or August, he says, ‘Okay, I’ve had it. I don’t want to do this.’”