Barry Bonds says he belongs in the Hall of Fame
The numbers are undeniable. 762 career home runs, 1,996 RBI, 73 home runs in a season, 2,558 career walks and eight Gold Gloves.
Barry Bonds' name will come up on the ballot for the Hall of Fame next year, but since his connections with performance enhancing drugs, some think his induction will never happen.
But Bonds says there is no question that he is a Hall of Famer.
"Oh, without a doubt. There's not a doubt in my mind," Bonds said to MLB.com. "I respect the Hall of Fame, don't get me wrong. I really, really, really respect the Hall of Fame. And I think we all do. I love the city of San Francisco and to me that's my Hall of Fame. I don't worry about it because I don't want to be negative about the way other people think it should be run. That's their opinion, and I'm not going to be negative."
Bonds was convicted in 2011 conviction of one count of obstruction of justice when a grand jury investigated illegal steroids distribution in the BALCO case found that Bonds gave evasive answers to the jury. He was to sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, two years' probation and a $4,000 fine.
"You have to vote on baseball the way baseball needs to be voted on. If you vote on your assumptions or what you believe or what you think might have been going on there, that's your problem," Bonds said. "You're at fault. It has nothing to do with what your opinion is. Period."