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Blog Cabin: Barry Bonds left waiting by the phone

Posted on: May 7, 2008 6:58 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2008 7:15 pm
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Collusion against Barry Bonds?

It’s starting to look that way. But really, who can blame teams for not wanting to sign the most despicable baseball player this side of Roger Clemens?

I can definitely understand why many clubs might choose to pass on a 43-year-old former steroid user with looming legal issues. Plus, Bonds isn’t exactly known as a team player, and the media circus his presence causes is sure to have some negative impact.

Still, I’m shocked that some desperate team hasn’t made a run at the *all-time homerun king.

I wonder if his desired salary is a little too high. Otherwise, I would think that almost any team could use a guy like Barry at the league minimum. Even if Bonds isn’t used as a full-time DH, he would be the greatest pinch-hitter that the game has ever seen.

What? Did every owner suddenly decide to follow their ethical compass? I wouldn’t bet on it. Owners have been overlooking players’ indiscretions for as long as anyone can remember.

Steve Howe, Doc Gooden, Darryl Stawberry, Jason Giambi, Delmon Young... it’s a list that could seemingly go on forever. Ty Cobb once went in to the stands to beat up a fan that had no hands. Heck, Fidel Castro even got a few looks for his outstanding curve ball. And, you can bet that if Hitler could hit 73 homers in his late 30s, he probably would have been part of baseball’s Murderers Row.

What does this prove?

Well, it may show us that the fallout from the steroid era is finally starting to have some effect. Maybe teams are realizing the importance of distancing themselves from anything roid-related. Maybe they understand that, for the first time since integration, the entire statistical fabric of the game has come in to question.

For the good of the game, I hope that they have realized it. And, collusion or not, I hope that Barry Bonds never gets another job in baseball.

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Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2008 2:48 pm

Blog Cabin: Barry Bonds left waiting by the phone

I think the issues in salary are a major cog in the debate... I wouldn't worry about the 'media circus' too much. If you're in a race marginally it makes sense to bring Barry Bonds in. No pub is bad pub, and people from all over would run to the ballpark to see it all unfold ( or trainwreck ) Morbid curiosity can make an owner of a non-contender serious money down the stretch and that can't be overlooked.

Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2008 2:23 pm

Blog Cabin: Barry Bonds left waiting by the phone

One of the biggest reasons he isn't getting any interest is his expected salary. If he would lower his salary then he would definately get looks from AL teams for DHing.

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2008 12:34 pm

Blog Cabin: Barry Bonds left waiting by the phone

I don't think there is collusion per se, which implies that people who have the power to make or influence personnel decisions actually had a meeting about this and discussed it.  What I believe has happened is that many GMs, realize that this player will be A) hated by even the hometown fans B) has a well deserved reputation as a wrecker of comraderie on the team C) his production, while good in 2007, began to take a nose dive. D) He cannot play the field, so in the NL, unless you want to have to sustitute a defender for him even when he pinch hits, that is not really feasible.

 I have no doubt that if people felt Bonds could belt out 40 HRs in a season, he would get offers, but as is, he is washed up, signing him risks alienating a whole generation of fans from the club and frankly that is not good for business in the long  term. 

Since: Jul 25, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2008 9:20 am

Blog Cabin: Barry Bonds left waiting by the phone

Would Barry sign today with the Royals for the league minimum, or even $2 million? Just because he hasn't signed doesn't mean he hasn't received offers. He also only has the ability to DH or MAYBE 1st base. 2 places he hasn't played before. To DH takes a different breed. Many players have not been nearly as productive at DH as they have when playing the field. Who's to say that an over-the-hill Bonds will still be the same hitter as a DH?

As I asked above, would Barry sign today with the Royals for the league minimum? If not, there is no collussion.

Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2008 9:03 am

Blog Cabin: Barry Bonds left waiting by the phone

Barry Bonds can think what ever he wants as to the reason he hasn't been picked up by a major league team. The reality is that no GM in his right mind wants to take the huge pay roll hit for a player that is past his prime and a liability medically. Barry will no longer draw huge numbers at the gate since he has already become the all time home run king* so in my opinion and apparently all of the teams in MLB he just doesn't have a place in baseball any longer. Oakland signed Frank Thomas not very long ago, so that should give Bonds some insight as to where he stands in the ranks of over priced and over rated DH's. If he really wants to keep playing maybe he can get a deal with some minor league team that needs help drawing fans in to the park.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2008 8:17 am

Blog Cabin: Barry Bonds left waiting by the phone

He's just older and slower. I know how it feels. Nobody really cares about steroids anyway. We all just want our games.

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2008 3:21 am

Blog Cabin: Barry Bonds left waiting by the phone

Barry Bonds should have a chance to play this year if he wants to.  If it's because he is asking too much money, then he needs to realize he is not only going to bring his bad knees but a whole media circus to some low-key clubhouse and I just don't see that happening.  He is the greatest player of our generation, steroids or not.  That should not be held against him or we wouldn't have enough players to fill major league rosters.  He is obviously going to be the scapegoat here since the most heralded record in all of sports is in his name.  Same deal with Clemens.  I don't dislike Clemens for using steroids, but it makes me sick that he thinks he's too good to be accused.  I fully believe Clemens is guilty.  I can see Bonds getting some kind of offer if a team DESPERATELY needs a big left handed bat in the middle of their lineup, but how many teams in the American League would be willing to take the chance?  Not many.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2008 1:26 am

Blog Cabin: Barry Bonds left waiting by the phone

Thank you Thank you. Sadly It just takes a rumor any more to ruin a persons life. i know It has happened to me.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2008 1:23 am

Blog Cabin: Barry Bonds left waiting by the phone

actually to prove that you are not guilty. please. because i do love you when you where with the giants and that is before you broke the homerun record. as far as i am concerned the rest of the world is just jeolouse of what you did. if anything good luck to you and i do hope that you do get back into playing ball...............

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2008 1:19 am

Blog Cabin: Barry Bonds left waiting by the phone

Hey Barry do me a favor so that way you can shut everyone up. take a blood test or what ever they do to prove that people are not guilty

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