Barry Bonds recently discussed his frayed relationship with Major League Baseball, telling The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly that he feels like he received a "death sentence" from the league since he retired following the 2007 season. In a wide-ranging interview with The Athletic, baseball's all-time home run leader explained his feelings on his complicated legacy in baseball.
"A death sentence," Bonds told The Athletic. "That's what they've given me."
Bonds, one of the most accomplished baseball players in history, has had his career milestones tarnished by allegations of steroid use. This past January, the 55-year-oldfor Baseball Hall of Fame induction, acquiring 60.7 percent. He'll have two more chances on the baseball writers' ballot, but Bonds appeared to just want closure on this chapter of his post-baseball life.
"If they don't want me, just say you don't want me and be done with it," he told The Athletic. "Just be done with it."
Former Miami Marlins president David Samson weighed in on Bonds' comments on Monday's Nothing Personal with David Samson.
Bonds, a seven-time National League MVP, 14-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner, had his No. 25 Miami Marlins hitting coach in 2016.in 2018 and he's been a guest hitting instructor during the club's spring training this year. But, Bonds' only official on-field job in baseball since retiring was his one-year stint as the
"I feel like a ghost," Bonds told The Athletic. "A ghost in a big empty house, just rattling around. ... My heart, it's broken. Really broken."