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Bonds sentenced to house arrest, appeals

Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:41 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 5:45 pm

By Matt Snyder

Former Giants and Pirates All-Star Barry Bonds has been sentenced to two years probation, 30 days house arrest and 250 hours of community service. Bonds -- who made more than $188 million as a baseball player -- was also fined $4,000.

He was convicted of obstruction of justice back in April.

Bonds is appealing, so he'll remain free and unpunished until the appeal is heard. And the appeal is likely to take a year or more. So this will drag on even longer.

Bonds, 47, faced up to 21 months in federal prison for having given misleading testimony in front of a grand jury during the trial for BALCO. He was first charged four years ago for lying under oath about using steroids (aka "the cream" and "the clear"), in addition to using "rambling non sequiturs" in an attempt to mislead the grand jury.

Despite the conviction, Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Parrella said home arrest, considering Bonds lives in a 15,000 square-foot Beverly Hills home, wasn't enough punishment for Bonds. Parrella told the Associated Press that the sentence was "almost laughable" and a "slap on the wrist."

"The defendant basically lived a double life for decades," argued Parrella, who said Bonds tested positive for steroids and amphetamines during his playing days. "He had mistresses throughout his marriages."

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said that had nothing to do with the case.  

Aside from Bonds, 10 others have been convicted of various charges stemming from the BALCO trials. Six -- including former Track star Marion Jones -- were nailed for lying under oath. Greg Anderson, Bonds' personal trainer, pleaded guilty of steroid distribution charges.

During his playing career, Bonds won seven NL MVP awards and was a 14-time All-Star. He holds the record for home runs in a single season (73) and career (762). Only Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig have a higher career OPS. If there wasn't that cloud of performance-enhancing drugs hanging over his head, Bonds would be a surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer and widely considered one of the best -- if not the best -- players of all time.

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Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2011 5:54 pm

Bonds sentenced to house arrest, appeals

Baroid is such a wuss

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 6:58 am

Bonds sentenced to house arrest, appeals

 Baroid ought to be glad that's all he got.
I'm glad this jerk does not play anymore.

Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2011 12:38 am

Bonds sentenced to house arrest, appeals

come to sf and say that you punk as$ b!tch

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2011 11:51 pm

Gottta Love those Giants Fans

If Barry Bonds raped the daughter of a Giants fan, he'd make her keep the baby and hope it was a boy who could hit the fastball.  You all just crack us up.  Your boy Barry can lie (under oath), cheat (take enough steroids to kill a horse), and steal (the integrity of baseball) until the cows come home and you will kiss his ass and defend the indefensible without blinking an eye--just like your hero.  Neither he nor his fans are capable of shame.  What an embarrassment.  Then again, San Francisco is an embarrassment to the nation, so why should we be surprised?

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 9:34 pm

Bonds sentenced to house arrest, appeals

Hey remember when chicks loved the long ball!  Who really cares about steroids?????  Fans may sqauk about it at times but it was still part of baseball.  For Congress to step in and go after players and put them on trial is ridiculous.  The owners clearly knew about these incidents but these owners aren't being investigated!  Why hang players out to dry when bud Selig could have cleaned this up long ago!!!!!!!

I actually would have have liked to see Barry Bonds get 3000 hits!

There are worse things in this world for Congress to worry about than steroids in baseball.  Could have been cleaned up in an internal matter versus a public matter.   A Giant Waste of Government Money.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 7:25 pm

Bonds sentenced to house arrest, appeals

all27out: thank you so much! That is exactly what I tried to say. Just add to it, all the scrutiny from politicians who were silent on the Iraq war, the criminal activity on Wall Street and in the banking industry yet they had time and money to posture on steriods. Sad state of affairs when this is the political priority with all that has gone wrong in the world over the past 10 years! And as you mentioned, steroids were not illegal back then.

Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:19 pm

Bonds sentenced to house arrest, appeals

Perfectly said! BTW, a much shorter response...

Since: Feb 27, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2011 3:00 pm

Bonds sentenced to house arrest, appeals

I'm so tired of the sanctimonious crap that pours out over steroids and the players of the time. Jesus, it's old and tired logic. IF using steroids was not against the rules of baseball, and it wasn't, then the near hysterical response to it after the fact is ridiculous. In the 60's and 70's SPEED was commonly used in dugouts...amphetamines...and it's no secret that players popped greenies to pep up. Where's the outrage? Why doesn't anybody care about that, and demand records set in THAT era require an asterisk or less consideration? Two reasons, one, it wasn't against baseball rules, and two, hallowed records didn't fall because of them. Steroids were game changers, and the impact upon the power numbers was undeniable. What were the benefits of speed? It's not clearly evident...but the players of that time benefited from it. Muscle building supplements WORKED, giving players physical gains over their predecessors...but it wasn't CHEATING until baseball placed rules against it, any more than taking "greenies" was cheating until rules were put in place against them. Don't say it was against the LAW as your argument...DRINKING was against the law during a portion of the Babe's was called prohibition...and you know there where plenty of players of that time still breaking the law, including the BABE, who we revere today as baseball immortals.

Bonds perjured himself...fine, get him for that, he deserves the same scrutiny as any person who breaks the law. The congressional steroid witchhunt? How was that even remotely important? Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro came out much worse for the wear, Roger Clemens backed himself into a corner, and Barry lied. What a waste, spending government money on the oversight of a sport...over something that wasn't even against the rules of baseball. That was money poorly spent to what benefit?

And for the morally outraged that athletes seek advantages, don't be naive. BASEBALL, the entity, had no problem with supplements like was everywhere...and BASEBALL simply turned a blind eye to steroids, the next step up. Chicks dig the long ball! Remember that one? Remember reading how Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire SAVED the sport of baseball? Come on. Stop feeding the rhetoric now. NEWSFLASH...the players of that era took steroids. NEWSFLASH...players of this era still take supplements of some sort, and some will be banned in the will never end, the substances will vary, but athletes will continue to seek improvements to give themselves a better chance to stick...this is the way of all physical sports. There will always be John Kruk types in baseball, and Rick Reuschels...but being a physical specimen who can hit or pitch will get you further than simply having the "natural" talent.

Barry Bonds was DOMINANT at the height of his career. NO ONE except the BABE...not Hank Aaron, was so remarkably above the rest of the players in the game. In 2001, Bonds hit 73 HR's in 476 at bats. He hit only 47 singles! Add in 177 walks and his on base percentage was over .500! Absolutely insane...and the following 3 seasons, his obp was even higher, topping out at .609 in 2004. No one was even close to those numbers. This guy should be a SHOE-IN to the Hall.

The dynamics of gaining entry into the Hall of Fame will become more difficult over time, if the weight of everyone's prior accomplishments are part of the review process for entry. The sample size is larger, increasing the difficulty of standing out historically. RECORDS will fall, some will not. Why? Because, over time, the game has changed. Cy Young's pitching achievements took place in a different game than today...and they are not likely to be challenged based on the way the game has evolved. Judge the players against their peers as the primary consideration for induction, then view them through the grain of historical comparisons as a secondary, much less important validator, and move on. The sportswriters get to make a statement preventing some from gaining the Hall when they are initially eligible? That's dumb... the veterans committee will ultimately right the wrong (see Ron Santo).

I'm NOT a big Barry Bonds fan, I'm a Cal Ripken guy...but I think it's ridiculous the levels some stoop to in pillorying the achievements of some from the "steroids" era. Those games were played, the results are in, and, like it or not, they are a part of baseball. The sickest player I ever saw play, outside of Bonds, was Rickey Henderson...THAT guy was amazing. Rickey deserves to be in the Hall...Cal deserves the Hall...Bonds deserves the Hall, as well. I don't believe Cal has EVER been linked to steroids, but he played during the era...and Rickey? I don't think so, but who knows? Bonds did. Rocket deserves to be in, despite his tarnished image. He's come across as an a$$, much like Barry, but his performance on the field should be all that matters.

Burleigh Grimes and Urban Faber, noted spitball pitchers, are in the HALL of FAME. Spitballs are illegal now, and, in fact, were deemed illegal during Grimes and Faber's careers...though both were among the 4 allowed to use the pitch after it was deemed illegal. Players who used steroids while it was legal to do so should carry no stigma forward because of it...those who break the rule NOW, should face a different scrutiny.

Getting one over has been a part of baseball lore and legend, and the bitter rancor towards the steroids players is out of place. Who wasn't amused by the Joe Niekro "emory board" incident? Who didn't roll their eyes over the Albert Belle and Sammy Sosa corked bat explosions? GAYLORD PERRY and his vaseline? The steroids guys weren't even getting one wasn't against the rules.

Sorry for the book...this was meant to be much shorter.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2011 2:14 pm

Bonds sentenced to house arrest, appeals

What does having mistresses have to with this case?  That is a classless move for the attorney to bring that up.

I am glad that he didn't get jail time.  I was not happy when he left Pittsburgh, but if he chose to do that to himself, then that is up to him.  He will be the one that pays for it as he gets older.  His dad died young, and I am sure that he runs a big chance of doing the same with the stress on his heart from the drugs.   

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:29 pm

Bonds sentenced to house arrest, appeals

Bonds legacy will be one of dispointment and shame......all the arrogance and pompous nature of this creep before he was almost comical in light of what we know about him now.

A great player....sure  All-time anyting...nope. 

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