Bud Selig: Barry Bonds’ “Records” Will Stand
He’s a universally-acknowledged steroid user who has been convicted of obstructing justice … but former major league baseball slugger Barry Bonds will remain the home run king.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig said this week that he will not strip Bonds of his place in baseball’s record book.
“I think that anybody who understands the sport understands exactly why,” Selig told the Associated Press.
Bonds currently holds major league baseball’s career record of 762 home runs as well as its single season record of 73 home runs (set in 2001).
We reject those records, however, just as we reject the records of admitted steroid user Mark McGwire and any other player who has used performance enhancing drugs.
As far as we’re concerned, baseball’s all-time home run leader remains Hank Aaron – who swatted 755 home runs during a 23-year career from 1954-76. The single season record holder? That would be Roger Maris, who hit 61 home runs in a 162-game season in 1961 (and Babe Ruth, who whacked 60 long balls in a 154-game season in 1927).
And yes, Ruth “did it on hot dogs and beer.”
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