Barry Bonds seems to be coming to grips about where he stands with Major League Baseball since retiring from the sport. Despite being one of the most dominant baseball players of all-time, he feels shut out from the sport he loves.
“A death sentence. That’s what they’ve given me,” Bonds told Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic.
In each of his 1st eight tries to getting in the hall of fame, he has fallen way short of getting, even though he holds the all-time record with 762 home runs.
“My heart, it’s broken,” he added. “Really broken.”
The 14-time All-Star, eight-time Gold Glove winner and seven-time MVP admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his career and that has effectively led to his exclusion from the Baseball Hall of Fame. The highest percentage he has earned is 60.7% in 2020, but is still well short of the 75% he needs to get to Cooperstown.
“If they don’t want me, just say you don’t want me and be done with it,” he said of the Hall of Fame. “Just be done with it.”
The 55-year-old has just two more chances on the ballot.
The hall of fame is one thing, but the lack of recognition is clearly getting to him.