Barry Bonds is the all-time leader in single-season homers (73) and career homers (762). (George Nikitin/AP)
Barry Bonds is back in camp for the San Francisco Giants, but not as a player. Instead, Bonds has come to the Giants' Arizona facility as a special hitting instructor. It's the first time Bonds has been officially involved with the Giants since he retired in 2007, and naturally, his presence at camp brought out the media, who peppered Bonds with questions during a brief press conference. That presser invariably came around to the question of Bonds and the Hall of Fame.
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In his first two years on the ballot, Bonds drew 36.2 percent of the vote in 2013, then slipped to 34.7 percent in 2014, finishing ninth and tenth overall in the balloting, respectively. Bonds' Hall of Fame candidacy is complicated by allegations of steroid use and his role in the BALCO scandal, for which Bonds was sentenced to probation for obstructing justice in the federal government's investigation of the Bay Area company for supplying human growth hormone to athletes. For Bonds, however, there's no question as to whether he deserves to be enshrined in Cooperstown.
That wasn't the only steroid-related question Bonds had to answer. He was also asked if he would admit to using performance enhancing drugs as Mark McGwire did before him. His response to that was as straightforward and succinct as the Hall of Fame inquiry.
Bonds also commented briefly on Alex Rodriguez, who was suspended for the 2014 season for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.
Bonds will be in Giants camp for the next seven days, and said he's already looking forward to helping the hitters there with their swings and whatever else comes up in the next week.