Ex-Giants legend Barry Bonds declares Hall of Fame dream 'not over for me'

Bonds states Hall of Fame dream ‘not over for me’ initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

For Barry Bonds, his imagine seeing the Baseball Hall of Fame one day open its doors and welcome him in still survives on.

The previous San Francisco Giants star was 9 percent shy of the 75 percent required for enshrinement in his 10th and last year on the Baseball Writers of America tally in January. Appearing on ESPN’s “KayRod Cast” Sunday night with Michael Kay, Alex Rodriguez and visitor Roger Clemens, Bonds was asked if being stayed out of the Hall troubled him.

“To me, the only candid answer I can give you is that that dream is not over,” Bonds stated. “That’s it. One phase of it has passed, but the dream of the Hall of Fame for us is not over.”

Bonds’ hope — and Clemens’ and most likely Rodriguez’s — are now anticipated to be in the hands of the Today’s Game committee, which is consisted of Hall of Fame gamers, executives and experienced media members who will fulfill later on this year to think about retired gamers who fell off the tally.   

Bonds’ standing as baseball’s all-time leader with 762 profession crowning achievement was inadequate to conquer the suspicions and allegations of performance-enhancing substance abuse that, in the eyes of lots of citizens, polluted his numbers.  

The seven-time NL MVP was asked by Kay if, offered his body of work, he questions why he was not voted into the Hall of Fame.

“Honestly, I’ve never even thought about it,” Bonds stated. “It is what it is. That’s their vote. They’re entitled to their vote. But that dream is still not over for me.”

Does entering the Hall of Fame imply a lot to him?

“It means a lot to all of us,” Bonds stated. “100 percent, yes.”

Bonds signed up with the broadcast from his California house as Aaron Judge tried to match Roger Maris’ American League record with his 61st crowning achievement of the season throughout the Yankees-Red Sox video game.

“I’m cheering for him, man,” Bonds stated. “Even though we played, we’re all fans of the game. Seeing what he’s doing is amazing.”

“I hope he does it while I’m right here on the show, baby,” Bonds later on included with a laugh.

Bonds, who in 2001 set the single-season record with 73 crowning achievement, is among the couple of who comprehends what Judge is experiencing. Since striking his 60th crowning achievement on Monday, Judge has actually gone 5 video games without going deep, going 1-for-3 on Sunday prior to the video game got in a rain hold-up after the 6th inning and later on was called, offering the Yankees a 2-0 win.

“Trying to get to that 61 is the hardest one,” Bonds stated. “Trying to get to that one, once he gets to it, then he’s probably going to hit five or six in a row after that. But trying to get there, I think that’s the hardest one. It’s a big moment, number 61…That pressure hits you hard on that one. Getting to it, you’re just playing your game and they just come. But right now, this is the stage. He’s on stage. Everyone wants to see this exact one to tie.”

Judge, a Bay Area item, is likewise in contention for the Triple Crown, leading the American League with a .314 batting average (connected with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts) and 128 RBIs. The 30-year-old outfielder is set to evaluate complimentary company this winter season, having actually declined a seven-year, $213.5 million deal from the Yankees prior to the season.

Bonds — who was admired by Judge as he was maturing in Linden, Calif. — was asked if he believes the Giants will attempt to sign the Yankees slugger.

“I don’t know. I have no idea,” Bonds stated. “All I am is a fan of Judge. I know he’s a hometown boy here in San Francisco. Would we love to have him? Sure. 100 percent. I mean, if he wants to come home.”

That was precisely what Bonds wished to perform in 1993, signing with his home town Giants over the Yankees. Bonds stated he was close to signing with the Yankees for “about 15 or 20 minutes” after they provided him a comparable agreement to what Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg was making at the time.   

“Unfortunately, they said, ‘You have until 2 o’clock this afternoon to make a decision,'” Bonds stated. “I just said, ‘I’ll get back to you about it’ and I went off to go grab something to eat cause I’m like, ‘Wow, that was kind of strange.'”

While out to consume, Bonds got a call from his representative, who stated the Giants provided a greater agreement. 

“I said, ‘This is great. I’m gonna go home,'” Bonds stated. “I always wanted to play at home. That was my dream to play with my godfather and my father on the same team. So, it wasn’t much of a conversation with the Yankees, but they did make the first big offer to me at that time. But the Giants came back with a bigger offer probably like, I don’t know, 30 minutes after that phone call.” 

Bonds stated he liked the pressure of New York, calling Yankee Stadium “the biggest stage in baseball.” Had he signed with the Yankees, Bonds concurred that he would have struck 800 crowning achievement with the arena’s brief patio in ideal field.

“For sure,” he stated. “It’s short and I’m a pull hitter. So, yeah.”

Instead, he landed in San Francisco, winning a set of batting titles and 4 straight MVP awards from 2001 to 2004.

Bonds gone over baseball’s three-outcome period where batting averages are compromised in favor of attempting to strike house runs. He stated it “makes my heart hurt” however the sport has actually accepted it and gamers have actually adjusted appropriately. 

“If you told me I could hit .220 and I’m gonna make $200 million, that’s been accepted,” Bonds stated. “In my time of playing baseball, you don’t hit almost .300, you’re not gonna be in Major League Baseball. You’re gonna be in the minor leagues. So, it’s not the players’ fault.”

Bonds stated his task as a baseball gamer wasn’t to strike house runs, it was to get on base and assist his colleagues. That, Bonds included, is what made him a great colleague on the field. 

“Like I try to tell everybody, I was not the best teammate in the locker room, by far none,” Bonds stated. “I didn’t like anybody in the locker room, I wanted to be by myself. But on the baseball field I was the best because I could have swung at everything. I had opportunities to swing and not give Jeff Kent or the next person behind me the opportunity and being on that field, it’s your job to keep that line moving and keep the pressure on your opponent.”

The pressure of attempting to strike a record-matching crowning achievement in front of New York fans may have affected Judge as the Yankees topped a six-video game homestand Sunday. Judge, who was set to lead off the seventh inning had Sunday’s game resumed, now may strike No. 61 north of the border, as the Yankees open a three-game set with the Blue Jays in Toronto.

For Bonds and his turning points, there was no location like house as he struck his 500th, 600th, 700th and 756th crowning achievement in San Francisco…in addition to his 71st, 72nd and 73rd in 2001.  

“Every one of my milestones were in San Francisco at home,” Bonds stated. “I wanted my hometown fans to watch, and everyone else could watch it on TV. But I wanted to do everything at home.”

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